Charles Piutau and Siva Naulago combine for try of the season contender

2. Manu Tuilagi (England to Samoa)

  • Current number of caps: 41
  • Age at the start of RWC 2023: 32
  • Did you know:  He was named Manusamoa, after the name of the Samoan national team

The England centre, who was born in Fogapoa and came to the UK at the age of 13, is one of a clutch of Pacific Island players whose eligibility status could change if the restrictions are relaxed.

He is the younger brother of Freddie, Henry, Alesana, Anitelea and Sanele Vavae Tuilagi, all of whom are Samoan internationals and also played for Leicester. He’s mentioned before that he’d love to join them if possible.

His international career is likely to end later this year when he’s tipped to join Racing from Sale Sharks. It would be fantastic for the powerhouse to complete the set.


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