By Nik Simon for the Daily Mail
Published: 22:16 BST, 20 August 2019 | Updated: 22:16 BST, 20 August 2019
Mako Vunipola has been pushed to gruelling heights in preparation for his potential England comeback on Saturday.
But spare a thought for the female airport assistant who had to push the 19st prop between terminals on a wheelchair during the journey home for his brother’s wedding.
After tearing a hamstring during Saracens’ Champions Cup final win in May, Vunipola was unable to walk for two weeks. He passed most of the time in bed, except for toilet breaks, meals and a best man’s speech for Billy, his younger sibling, back home in Tonga.
Mako Vunipola has revealed he has shed weight during his recovery from hamstring surgery
Vunipola currently weighs 19st 3lbs after following a relentless running routine for four weeks
The 28-year-old is keen to reach a career low weight of 19st before the World Cup in Japan
The surgery kept the 28-year-old out of England’s warm-up Tests against Wales, but he has declared himself fit to face Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday.
‘I tore the tendon at the top of my hamstring and the muscle became detached from the bone, so the surgeon had to go back in and re-attach it,’ said Vunipola.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
‘For two weeks, I wasn’t allowed to strain my