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Manu Tuilagi – England

Manu Tuilagi of England is tackled by Damian de Allende of South Africa during the Autumn Nations International Series match between England and South Africa at Twickenham, London on 26 November 2022 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

One of the most recognisable powerhouses to play for England, Manu Tuilagi has re-found his formidable top gear since joining Sale Sharks in 2020.

After a prolonged series of injuries kept Tuilagi on the side-lines, the Samoan-born centre is back once again in an England shirt. Expected to line up in the centre along side Owen Farrell, with Marcus Smith occupying the fly-half spot, Tuilagi has two world-class ball distributors at first and second receiver. The game plan to best utilise Manu is clear, use Smith and Farrell to send the 31-year-old crashing onto hard lines, and breaking the gain-line.

A revered opponent for 14 years in the Premiership. Tuilagi’s presence in the Leicester Tigers midfield let to many memorable clashes at Welford Road, and the 2013 Premiership title.

A player who relishes the contact zone, expectations are high for Tuilagi to avoid injuries, ahead of what could be his last appearance at a Rugby World Cup this Autumn.