Manu Tuilagi

Manu Tuilagi to miss England tour to Australia

Having re-injured a hamstring during the recent Guinness Six Nations, the midfielder returned to action for his club in April and was involved in the international squad’s three-day training camp held by Eddie Jones last month in London. 

England's Manu Tuilagi ruled out against Wales because of injury

The 30-year-old was set to make his first appearance of this year's Championship after recovering from a similar injury.

He was named in the starting line-up earlier on Thursday, but was withdrawn having undergone scans after training.

Joe Marchant has been recalled and will train with the team on Friday.

England have said they will confirm the updated team to face Wales on the day of the match.

Before Tuilagi's injury, it was announced that Harry Randall will start at scrum-half, while fit-again Courtney Lawes was named as captain.

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The English host Wales this Saturday in a must-win Guinness Six Nations encounter and their planning has been emboldened by having the services again of Tuilagi, who missed the opening matches versus Scotland and Italy.    

Tuilagi damaged his hamstring when scoring against the Springboks in November and the injury required an eleven-week layoff before he returned to Gallagher Premiership action for Sale. With 80 minutes accumulated from two league appearances, he was called up by England for last week’s fallow week training camp in London. 

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 The powerhouse centre has recently recovered from a hamstring injury and is poised for a first Test match appearance since England’s Autumn Nations Series game against world champions South Africa in November.

Wales assistant coach and skills specialist Jenkins worked with Tuilagi on the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour of Australia, and he is fully aware of his threat.

“We need to be mindful of what Manu brings,” Jenkins said.

“He is a very, very good rugby player and very physical. He brings a lot to England when he does play.

England's Manu Tuilagi returns from injury

Tuilagi is in Eddie Jones' latest 25-player list, while prop Joe Marler has been left out as the team prepares for the game on 26 February.

Potential captain Courtney Lawes will also continue his return to play after concussion.

Number eight Sam Simmonds will not train because of a hip issue and Alfie Barbeary has been called up.

The uncapped Wasps back row is included along with London Irish forward Tom Pearson.

After starts in the opening-round defeat to Scotland and Sunday's victory against Italy, lock Nick Isiekwe is left out of the squad.

The GPS tweak which Sale hope can get Tuilagi back with England

The powerhouse midfielder damaged his hamstring in the act of diving in to score in the corner at Twickenham during last November’s win over the world champion Springboks.

Sharks had suggested in recent weeks that a comeback for the 30-year-old wasn’t too far away, generating hopes that he would be back in action in time for the start of the Six Nations on February 5. 

Owen Farrell, Jamie George & Manu Tuilagi set to play in Six Nations

Fly-half and centre Farrell required surgery on an ankle injury suffered in the win over Australia on 13 November, when hooker George damaged a knee.

Centre Tuilagi tore a hamstring in the win over South Africa a week later.

Saracens head coach Mark McCall said Farrell will return "towards the end of January".

He added: "It won't be in the next couple of weeks, but it should be before the Six Nations".

Manu Tuilagi on the wing may help Australia, says Matt Dawson

Centre Tuilagi has only started on the wing once in 44 England caps.

The move makes way for Owen Farrell to start at 12 alongside fly-half Marcus Smith, with Henry Slade at 13.

Dawson said Tuilagi is "world-class in midfield" and selecting him in the back three "does not make any sense".

Adam Radwan, who opened the scoring in the 69-3 thrashing of Tonga last weekend, drops out of the matchday squad to make room for Tuilagi, with Jones only naming two backs on the bench.

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Following last weekend’s results in the Gallagher Premiership semi-finals, seven players from the two beaten teams were called up by Eddie Jones.

Bristol, who dramatically lost to Harlequins after extra-time, provided Will Capon, Max Malins and Harry Randall while Sale, who lost at Exeter, had four selections in Ben Curry, Curtis Langdon, Bevan Rodd and Tuilagi.

Manu Tuilagi one of seven players added to England training squad

Tuilagi is three games into his comeback from the Achilles injury sustained in September and is the only senior player to be selected in the 36-strong group that will continue preparations at the Lensbury.

England missed his power in midfield during the autumn and Six Nations campaigns but the Sale centre could now feature in next months Tests, which are preceded by a second string international against Scotland ‘A’.