VUNIPOLA SIDELINED FOR REMAINDER OF THE SEASON Mako Vunipola will miss the climax to Saracens’ pursuit of the Gallagher Premiership title with a torn hamstring. Vunipola was hurt during the Heineken Champions Cup final win over Leinster and the 28-year-old will be out for “a minimum of three months.” But Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall insists the British and Irish loose-head will be available for England’s World Cup campaign. England’s first World Cup pool game in Japan is against Tonga on September 22. Before that, there are four warm-up fixtures scheduled for August and September and Vunipola is a doubt to participate in those. Fellow Saracens prop Titi Lamositele will also miss the Premiership title push.
QUINS’ WING VISSER CALLS TIME ON HIS CAREER Harlequins and former Scotland wing Tim Visser is to retire at the end of the current season. The 31-year-old ended his Test career a year ago and will now quit the professional game to “move on to new challenges outside of rugby”. Netherlands-born Visser, known as the “The Flying Dutchman”, scored 14 tries in 33 Tests after qualifying for Scotland through residency in 2012. His 66 games for Quins have brought 39 tries since his arrival in 2015. Visser started his professional career at Newcastle after being discovered playing sevens in the Netherlands. He moved on to Edinburgh, where he was leading try-scorer in the old Pro12 league for four successive seasons in a six-year spell in the Scottish capital, before moving south to Quins. Harlequins head of rugby Paul Gustard praised Visser’s “exceptional career”, calling him “a fantastic servant” to the club.
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