Billy Vunipola has withdrawn from the British and Irish Lions tour to
British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland said: “It is really disappointing for Billy, and we know how much he was looking forward to joining the squad.
“He has been carrying an injury and feels he wouldn’t be able to contribute fully to the tour and needs further medical treatment. We really appreciate his honesty in making this decision and wish him luck with his recovery.
“We have called up James to the squad, we wish him all the best next weekend and look forward to welcoming him into camp before we depart.”
The Lions squad convened at Carton House near
Routine medical screening will be conducted over the next 24 hours.British and Irish Lions