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Vunipola standing by Saracens

25th March 2020, 18:54 by Chris Rivers

Billy Vunipola says he won't leave Saracens despite their relegation to the Championship and is excited for the challenge ahead.

Although the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season has yet to reach its conclusion, being put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic, Sarries' fate has already been decided.

The three-time European champions have been relegated to the second tier of English rugby as part of their punishment for repeated breaches of salary cap regulations.

Their demotion to the Championship was expected to result in the majority of their big names, like Owen Farrell, Majo Itoje and Vunipola, either leaving permanently or being sent out on loan.

However, England No.8 Vunipola says that isn't the case for him personally and that he's ready to help make sure Saracens aren't out of the top flight for more than a year.

He told RugbyPass: "I'm definitely staying. The way I see, it's part of the journey of the club.

"From my point of view, I'm just trying to sit still and play it out, see where we end up next year.

"I can't see a negative in it. I've haven't spoken directly to the powers at the top when it comes to England or at Sarries as to what will happen in terms of international recognition.

"I'm excited for next year. I reckon I'll play as much as I can, try to help the team as much as possible and hopefully we'll come straight back up."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Chris Rivers is an experienced reporter who closely follows both Arsenal and Wales Rugby Union team. As well as in-depth football and rugby knowledge, Chris is an avid American Football, Formula One and boxing fan.

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