Manu Vunipola commits long-term future to Saracens

Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall
Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall

Manu Vunipola becomes the latest Saracens player to commit his long-term future with the club after signing a new deal.

The 22-year-old joined Saracens Academy at the age of 15 and went on to make his first-team debut three years later and has made 21 appearances for the club including 12 Premiership games.

Vunipola was called up to England Under 18 side in 2018 and was part of the Under 20 team that competed in the 2019 Junior World Cup in Argentina and the 2020 U20 Six Nations tournament.

It was quite surreal at first,” he said in a statement released by the club. “I couldn’t quite believe the position I was in, the players I was playing with at such a young age and just having that exposure this early in my career is something I could only have dreamt of.

“I’m quite a quiet person and at the start of the season I wasn’t really myself, I always thought I was too young to put on the jersey for the Saracens team but as it went on I kind of learnt that I needed to step up and be the player that needs to lead and that meant I had to be vocal.

“That’s something I worked on and I’m still working on, but the experiences have changed me and made me a better player and a better person.”