Billy Vunipola aims to party on the pitch as England meet Ireland in Six Nations showdown after learning from boozy mistakes

BLIND-DRUNK Billy Vunipola can't remember anything about his last trip to Dublin with England.

After celebrating the Red Roses's 2017 Six Nations win like a rock-star, the 20-stone No8 staggered out of an Irish hotspot at 4.30am – propped up by one of the team's security bods.

 Billy Vinpola admits he's been forced to learn from his mistakes

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Billy Vinpola admits he's been forced to learn from his mistakes

Having been instrumental in the side that won the Grand Slam in 2016, Vunipola has come a long way from being the bloke that people thought "was just a bus driver!".

Now, he's planning to party on Aviva Stadium pitch on Saturday as the 26-year-old looks for England's first win across the Irish Sea since 2013.

Recalling his last trip to Dublin, Big Billy said: "I don't have any memory.

"All I know is that I am not getting in that state ever again! I think I have learnt from that, it is a learning curve.

 England will unleash the battering ram on Ireland in Dublin

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England will unleash the battering ram on Ireland in Dublin

"I didn't realise until the day after. It wasn't a great time for myself, but hopefully I won't do that to my family again.

"You can have some control with yourself and I probably didn't. But you have to own the situation. It is funny to talk about now, but at the time it wasn't that funny! News is news.

"But this is the first game, I might have a soft drink after – but no further than that."

Vunipola is one of the biggest stars of world rugby.

 Billy Vunipola wants to do his partying on the field this time around

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Billy Vunipola wants to do his partying on the field this time around

And the pressures that come with that are relentless, and constant, something that the Saracens No8 knows all about.

England head to Ireland as underdogs given their awful 2018 Six Nations as they slumped to their worst Championship on record.

But when asked about the pressure, Vunipola said: "Is it ever off when you’re with England?

"The one thing people skim over is if we lose it’s: ‘Eddie Jones out’. It’s never off. That’s a point that’s massively important. We’re never not under pressure.

"You lose when you play for England that’s it. Even being in St Albans, you know, the first time I walked in there people thought I was a bus driver!

"Now they know who I am and it’s scary how quickly time goes on and the exposure we get as a team.

"It’s not a joke. So there’s definitely pressure. If we win it’s: ‘Well it’s about time they turned up', if we lose it’s: ‘Right, who’s out’? That No8 is rubbish'.

"Or if someone drops one ball it’s: 'Get him off, I don’t know why he’s in there'.

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"The scrutiny with England is intense. Last year was a massive learning curve for us to never take our foot off the pedal. And always have the mindset that you’re an academy player trying to get into the first team.

"Because that mindset means you’re always at 100 per cent. It can be annoying and draining sometimes, but that’s where we need to be at. And there’s where we were at when Eddie first joined so we just need to get back to working our tits off.

"You know that Mike Tyson quote, you might have a plan until someone punches you in the face.

"So we can plan all we want, and the same goes for Ireland, they can plan all they want, but if we hit them and we shock them, that will put is in a good position."

After cracking three bones in his arms in just 10 months last year Vunipola faces the ultimate baptism of fire back at Test level.

And it's not just the physical threat that Joe Schmidt's side bring, but also a mental one.

The 36-capper added: "It is a daunting task, but one of the biggest jobs we have this week is fighting them on that mental battle.

"They want to wear you down and get a positive on the pitch and have their fans climb on top of you and make you think that a mistake is worse than it is. If it is a normal game, you just get on with your next job.

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"But that is part of why the Six Nations is so good. How patriotic everyone is and that is something that everyone here has experienced and are excited to experience again.

"You can also have the best looking car then race it with someone who’s got an old car and they can still beat you. For us our hunger to work is second to none. We’ve just got to have the mindset of a rookie, as the Americans say.

"We come in here. It’s not we’ve done this in the past. Even the stuff in in the autumn, it’s done now. That’s the beauty of time. Once the whistle’s gone, that’s it. you can’t keep living on what happened last year. The same for Ireland.

"They won the Grand Slam, but as soon as they won it that was it. On the Sunday it was done."

BLIND-DRUNK Billy Vunipola can't remember anything about his last trip to Dublin with England.