"He's gone home" - England give return date for injured Manu Tuilagi - Ruck

“He’s gone home” – England give return date for injured Manu Tuilagi

England coach Richard Cockerill has revealed that Manu Tuilagi’s injury is not believed to be too serious.

Head coach Eddie Jones is reportedly hopeful that the powerhouse may be fit for England’s final two Six Nations matches against Ireland and France.

“Manu had a slight hamstring strain at training on Thursday, so he’s left camp and is at home,” Cockerill, England’s forwards coach said.

“It’s not too serious as far as we know and hopefully, he’ll be back soon. Manu is in pretty good spirits. Unfortunately, this is part of professional sport.”

“Manu has still got a smile on his face and is optimistic that he’ll be back playing for club and country pretty soon,” Cockerill added.

“On that front it’s pretty positive but obviously we’re disappointed for him personally, and it’s disappointing for the team as he’d have been an important part of the squad.”

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