In the realm of rugby injuries, there are certain players who seem to bear a heavier toll than others, and one individual who exemplifies this phenomenon is none other than the formidable Manu Tuilagi.
As fate would have it, even during his recent World Cup campaign, Tuilagi wasn’t spared from the occasional physical setback.
In the crucible of competition, he grappled with adversity as he suffered a double broken hand, first in a pool stage clash against Samoa and later in the third/fourth place playoff against Argentina.
Speaking to the Daily Mail, Sale Director of Rugby Alex Sanderson said:
“Manu’s got a plate in his hand from a fracture from the World Cup. He is going to be out for four to six weeks. Knowing Manu, it will be three to five,” said Sanderson
“He broke it against Samoa and then broke it again in the third place play-off. It is just collateral damage from playing in the World Cup.
“I asked him: ‘How was it Manu? Are you hanging up your international boots?’ He was like: ‘You will have to put me down physically, lethally inject me, to stop me playing international rugby’. He is loving it at the moment.”
Reports suggest that Manu won’t feature for England during the 2024 Six Nations.
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