Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi will miss England’s tour to Australia because of a hamstring injury
The 2013 Lion was named in England’s 32-man squad despite being injured last weekend
A replacement is expected to be named early next week
Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi has been ruled out of England’s tour to Australia because of a hamstring injury, the Rugby Football Union has confirmed.
He is expected to be out a minimum six weeks, which led to England’s medical staff suggesting it would be better for the Tigers man to sit out the full tour to ensure further injury isn’t risked
“It’s bad luck for Manu so close to the tour but it provides a great opportunity for someone else,” said England Head Coach Eddie Jones. “We wish Manu all the best and a quick recovery.”
A replacement for Tuilagi will be announced following the Old Mutual Wealth Cup game against Wales on Sunday 29 May.
Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell, who suffered a rib problem during Saturday’s semi-final, was also included in the squad and appears to be on course to return to action this weekend.
But his club-mate Chris Ashton was omitted from a pool that contains uncapped players Ben Te’o, Ellis Genge, Kyle Sinckler and Teimana Harrison.