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Injured England No 8 Billy Vunipola out of 6 Nations with right ankle injury

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LONDON - England No. 8 Billy Vunipola will miss the rest of the Six Nations after scans on Monday revealed ligament damage to the right ankle he hurt in the 13-10 win over Ireland on Saturday.

Vunipola limped off just before halftime at Twickenham, and was replaced by Ben Morgan.

Vunipola has been an England starter since the autumn internationals, and will miss the last Six Nations matches against Wales and Italy.

"It's a blow as Billy has had a good Six Nations but he is young and will be back," England coach Stuart Lancaster said.

"The encouraging thing is that we have Ben Morgan and other back-rows such as Matt Kvesic and Tom Johnson who are all competing hard for places."

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