'God wanted me to be afraid', England rugby star speaks of comeback

Thu 10 Jan 2019
By Marcus Jones

Billy Vunipola has spoken about how his faith is helping him get back to fitness after a long term injury.

The rugby player, regarded as one of England's best, made his return to the sport over the weekend after suffering three arm breaks in just over a year.


Despite scoring a try he was unable to prevent his club side, Saracens, losing to Sale.

Vunipola says on previous returns from injury his confidence was counter-productive and often saw him injured straight away.

Speaking to the Telegraph, he said this time it was different: "I was a bit tentative and anxious - I readily admit that now.

"Before I was a bit naive that I could fall straight into it, whereas now I am a bit more prepared. And scared as well. Not of being injured, but the process of coming back is the hardest thing. Hopefully this weekend I can be better, then next weekend, then see when you go from there.

"That is probably my faith. I think God wanted me to be afraid. Before I was so confident I would be all right. I guess a bit too confident to the point that 'I'm invincible'. That's why I got injured again. So I'm trying to find my feet."

Vunipola's return to rugby is timely for the national team as they head into the Six Nations tournament in February.

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