Billy Vunipola can scarcely believe he is in the England rugby squad alongside brother Mako, just over a year after being hospitalised with a rare viral infection and a freak hot water bottle accident.
England's Mako Vunipola (C) fights off the attentions of the French defence at Twickenham on February 23, 2013. His brother Billy is in the England squad to face Italy on Sunday.
The Wasps No 8 missed four months of last season as a result of the infection but the 20-year-old has since played a key role in the club's fight for Premiership survival this term and the uncapped back-row forward is now in the same England squad as Mako, an already-capped England front row forward off the bench.
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