MIKE BROWN: His father’s training has given us the best of Billy Vunipola after he impressed against Australia…England need someone like him in the team and he has put them to the fore

It was interesting to hear Billy Vunipola talk about his dad giving him a pep talk before a match – the same way older brother Mako keeps him under control. There’s a lot of hierarchy in Pacific Island culture, so I’m not surprised we’ve seen a backlash!

When Billy is at his best, no one can get over the boost line like him. He plants people, but he also has a bit of footwork that creates space, allowing him to beat two defenders instead of one. When he’s fit it really works and I was impressed with him.

There was a time after the World Cup when he may have let himself go. Maybe he lost some desire. He has to stay on top of his conditioning and he looks fit right now.

Billy Vunipola said that before the victory of the England national team, he was given an outfit by his father

Watching him in the Premier League final, he was Saracens’ best player – and has been all season. He grew up. It was nice to see him smile because he’s not as serious and intense a character as Owen Farrell – you get the best out of him when he’s having fun.

With Manu Tuilagi out through injury, England really need someone like Billy in the team. I had to fight him and it’s horrible. You just have to go as low as you can and hope for the best.

He makes difficult portages around the river, escaping from the middle of the skirmish. He offers a different type of threat to Alex Dombrandt, who stands wider and runs away from the 10, usually Marcus Smith.

From the start, Billy put England first. They have to take that first half and make it their own. Forward dominance with quick, sharp runners from the 10.

Vunipolo (left) played against Australia and helped put the side on the front foot from the start

Vunipolo (left) played against Australia and helped put the side on the front foot from the start

But it was about how they reset - they need to add consistency across the board

But it was about how they reset – they need to add consistency across the board

England’s best teams over the last couple of years have had dominant defenses, forcing teams into mistakes, and that must be in their DNA. Backed up with smart tactical strikes, they will be hard to stop.

The only thing that bothered me was how they rushed again. This is not a very good Australian team and England should have smashed them after the break.

There is no similar replacement for the injured Maro Itohe in the decider, but I believe Ollie Chesum should step in with Lewis Ludlam replacing Sam Underhill if he is unavailable.

England have found a winning blueprint and must build on it, adding consistency throughout matches. If they can repeat that first half throughout the decider, then I fully expect them to take the series 2-1.

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