Leaked England team to play France sees Manu Tuilagi return for Steve Borthwick's men - Ruck

Leaked England team to play France sees Manu Tuilagi return for Steve Borthwick’s men

England’s Manu Tuilagi is poised for a potential swan-song in the upcoming clash against France as speculation mounts over his imminent move to a French club.

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At 32, the powerhouse centre’s next career move remains shrouded in mystery, raising the prospect of a late-career switch abroad.

Having rejoined England’s Six Nations squad post-recovery from a groin injury, Tuilagi’s absence from recent Test matches fuels anticipation surrounding his potential farewell appearance.

His last outing for the national side dates back to the Rugby World Cup semi-final loss to South Africa, underlining the significance of a possible final bow against France.

In light of winger Immanuel Feyi-Waboso’s sidelining due to a self-diagnosed concussion, indications suggest Tuilagi could feature off the bench, with Elliot Daly poised for a return to the starting lineup following his omission in the previous encounter.

Despite Marcus Smith’s late drop-goal against Ireland, it is anticipated that George Ford will maintain his position wearing the number 10 shirt for the game in Lyon.

Elsewhere, Alex Coles is primed to replace Chandler-Cunningham-South among the replacements after the versatile forward was ruled out with a calf injury.

The Telegraph also believes Ford will start over Smith, but have backed Ethan Roots to return to the bench in favour of Coles.

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England team to play France:

15. George Furbank 

14. Elliot Daly for Immanuel Feyi-Waboso 

13. Henry Slade

12. Ollie Lawrence

11. Tommy Freeman

10. George Ford