Saracens head coach Alex Sanderson revealed that England international Billy Vunipola is healing well from his latest injury setback.

The 25-year-old fractured his right arm during the first half of England’s second Test against South Africa, which ended in a 2-1 series defeat.

The number eight, who scored a try in Saracens’ Premiership final win over Exeter, previously fractured the same arm at the start of the year.

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However, Vunipola, who has been extremely unlucky with injuries during his career, did not require surgery and has returned back to work with Saracens.

Talking to the media, Sanderson revealed how Vunipola is doing, and stated the number eight could prove to play a big part at the World Cup next year in Japan.

His arm’s fine, his arm’s healing well, he’s back in the club. He’s been doing bits and bobs and he’ll be back in the week after next, not full training but rehab.

I hope and I pray and I think the bad luck he’s had might have come at the right time for him with respect to England and this World Cup; that he’ll see this World Cup through injury free because he’s a big part to play in that side as well.

Every time Bill’s come back, he’s been better for it.

Vunipola will be hoping he can put his injury setback’s behind him over the past few years as Saracens prepare to defend their Premiership title, starting against Newcastle at the beginning of September.