England boss Eddie Jones hopes to welcome back his heavy artillery for the visit of Wales to Twickenham in round three of the Six Nations.
While the men in white got their Six Nations campaign back on track with a bonus-point win in Rome, far tougher tests fast approach with consecutive games at Twickenham against Wales and Ireland before a challenging final-round trip to unbeaten France.
Find below the four major stars expected to return for the third round of the 2022 Six Nations.
#1. Manu Tuilagi
- Age: 30
- Position: Centre
- Club: Sale Sharks
Jones revealed post-Italy that he would be chatting with Sale Sharks director of rugby Alex Sanderson about Tuilagi’s fitness after the centres impressive 50-minute try-scoring display against Worcester.
“Just having a power-running centre would give us a different option,” Jones said following the 33-0 win against Italy.
“Everything we’re doing now is about trying to create opportunities through finesse and that’s through good running lines and passing. But to have someone who can take you forward quickly and engage two or three defenders then allows you to try and finesse in extra space which would be really useful to us.”
DID YOU KNOW? He was named Manusamoa, after the name of the Samoan national team, Manu Samoa, because his brother Freddie was selected for Samoa at the World Cup in 1991, the year Manu was born