February 12, 2019 / 3:47 PM / in 5 months

England's Vunipola ruled out of Six Nations with ankle injury

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Six Nations Championship - England Training - Pennyhill Park Hotel, Bagshot, Britain - February 7, 2019 England's Mako Vunipola during training Action Images via Reuters/Matthew Childs

(Reuters) - England prop Mako Vunipola has been ruled out of the Six Nations Championship with an ankle ligament injury, the Rugby Football Union said on Tuesday.

Vunipola picked up the injury during England’s 44-8 victory over France on Sunday and is expected to be out action for 10 weeks.

“It is obviously very disappointing to lose Mako at this stage as he is an important player for us but it does provide an opportunity for the team to grow,” England coach Eddie Jones said.

Vunipola, capped 53 times by England, played a pivotal role in England’s 32-20 win over Ireland in Dublin, claiming the man of the match award.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Jon Boyle

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