October 3, 2016 / 9:06 AM / a year ago

Don't eat too much, Jones tells Vunipola

(Reuters) - England head coach Eddie Jones has advised prop Mako Vunipola to lose weight ahead of this year’s Autumn internationals, the 25-year-old has said.

Rugby Union - England Training - Latymer Upper School Playing Fields - 17/2/16 Mako Vunipola of England during training Action Images via Reuters / Henry Browne Livepic

Vunipola, who has 35 caps for England, was named in a 37-man training squad for the Autumn internationals and will continue his on-off battle with Joe Marler for the starting loosehead slot.

The final squad for the Autumn internationals to be announced on Oct. 26.

“A couple of weeks ago I got a letter saying I was in contention. Everyone got (a) letter, reminding us what to work on. Mine said not to eat too much - to lose some weight,” Vunipola told British media.

“I tried to look after what I ate and my diet during the summer. Eddie keeps you on your toes. I‘m fighting for my place in this squad. Joe Marler’s a world-class player so to have him back in the squad is a bonus.”

England, unbeaten since Jones took charge after last year’s World Cup, host South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia in November and December.

Reporting by Ian Rodricks in Bengaluru; editing by Amlan Chakraborty

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