Eddie Jones ready to pick Manu Tuilagi after seven-month lay-off

England head coach Eddie Jones has revealed he is ready to select Manu Tuilagi as early as the autumn internationals in November.

The 26-year-old hasn’t played for England since in 18 months, chiefly due to injury with his latest knee problem keeping him out since January.

“If he’s fit and ready to go, we’ll play him,” Jones told BBC Radio 5 live.


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“He demolished New Zealand before, and if he’s fit and he’s got the right desire, then he’s always got a chance to get selected for us.

“He’s got a number of club games to show us whether he is going to be right or not.

“This camp is about getting players organised mentally for the season, so it’s important to have Manu there.”


 


England face Argentina, Australia and Samoa in their November internationals, all at Twickenham.

Jones has also drafted in 18-year-old Harlequins’ Marcus Smith, who he believes is the “best young fly-half” in England.

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