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England’s Owen Farrell and Manu Tuilagi suffer injuries

  • Owen Farrell and Manu Tuilagi could be doubts for England’s tour of Australia
  • Both suffered injuries during Saturday’s Premiership semi-final between Saracens and Leicester Tigers
Manu Tuilagi and Owen Farrell have potentially been ruled out of England’s tour of Australia after both suffered injuries during Saturday’s Premiership semi-final between Saracens and Leicester Tigers at Allianz Park.

Tuilagi, who was making his comeback from a knee problem and playing on an artificial surface for the first time, departed only 20 minutes into Leicester’s 44-17 defeat with a hamstring injury.

Having kicked 11 points for Sarries, Farrell then trudged off after two successive heavy tackles impacted on his ribs.

“Manu has pulled his hamstring. I don’t know how bad it is but it’s not great,” said Leicester boss Richard Cockerill.

“We don’t know if he’s out of the tour, we’ll see how he gets on in the next 48 hours before assessing how bad it is.

“It happens. He’s a powerful athlete and he’s tweaked his hamstring. That’s life, he’ll get over it.”

On Farrell’s injury, Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said: “I don’t how serious it is. He’s got a bang on the rib and you know ribs can go one way or another – hopefully it goes the right way.”