Rugby World Cup
Billy Vunipola says England should have bonded over a drink in the pub
PA Sport
October 11, 2015
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Billy Vunipola says England's squad should have spent more time bonding over a drink in the pub during World Cup preparations.

Vunipola was ruled out of the final two Pool A matches against Australia and Uruguay because of a knee injury, but spent the entire summer with the squad at their Surrey training base.

As details emerged of a day spent riot training with the Metropolitan Police in early July to improve the squad's organisational and communication skills, Vunipola said the hosts would have benefited from more socialising.

"It's a tough 12 weeks that we spent together. The best way to bond is when you go out to the pub, have a drink and break down barriers," Vunipola told the BBC.

"You want to get to know someone on a deeper level than that because, when you are on the pitch, it helps.

"I say that because when we play at Saracens that's what we do. It might look like a fun, jolly time but we build our memories together, we build bonds and bridges.

"That's something we could have done a little bit better, but I had a great time with the team.

"I got to know a lot of people very well, I would have liked to get to know them better, not only that but their family and friends.

"That's something that's very important to me. I'm a very emotional player and I like to know who my team-mate is on a deeper level than just who his name is and who he plays for."

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