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Vunipola adamant injury has improved him

Mako Vunipola may have spent the last six months on the sidelines but the Saracens prop insists he is now a better player than when he got injured.

Vunipola is on the bench for Sarries’ Aviva Premiership Rugby clash with Exeter Chiefs on Saturday – the first time he has been in the matchday squad since May.

The 23-year-old dislocated his knee against Toulon at the end of last season and required surgery to fix the issue.

But he claims that the enforced absence has actually allowed him to improve his game in a number of ways.

However, now he has regained fitness, the England international admits he can’t wait to get back on the field and says there is no better game in which to make his return.

“I’m really looking forward to be involved in such a big game against the Chiefs, who are going really well,” he said.

“I’m looking forward to be out there again with the boys as it’s been a long six months. It’s exciting, but they’re a few nerves about being out there once again.

“I hope I have improved in other aspects since I’ve been away. It’s a long time to be out, but it does give you the chance to work on other aspects of your game, and get stronger in other areas.

“I’ve tried to improve on other things, and I’ll see if I have done when I’m out there on Saturday.

“I’m just excited to be involved and I can’t wait to get there on the field once again and to be playing rugby.”

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