Manu Tuilagi injury update: The centre limped off against the Springboks with what appeared to be a hamstring injury, which has since been confirmed by the England boss.
Eddie Jones men signed off on 2021 in style as they outfoxed and outfought 2019 Rugby World Cup final conquerors South Africa in front of a rapturous Twickenham crowd.
The breakthrough try saw Henry Slade’s quicksilver hands beat the Boks’ blitz and gave Tuilagi a run into the corner that the covering Handre Pollard was never going to stop.
However, this would be the Sale Sharks centres last involvement after just eight minutes of play.
Early reports suggest its a strain rather than a tear with Eddie Jones saying: “In terms of a Manu Tuilagi injury update we’re hopeful. He might need a few weeks, maybe a month but you don’t know really.
“He will have a scan tomorrow and then we will know more. He seemed in good spirits,”
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On the three straight wins, Jones commented: “This series just gives the players a lot of confidence,
“With the first try against Australia and a couple of tries we scored today, we’ve added some really good, aggressive attack into our game.
“At times the Springboks got on top of us in the set-piece, but we managed to edge out enough quality possession to score enough points.”
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#1. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
Wales boss Wayne Pivac doesn’t expect to have his skipper available for the 2022 Six Nations. Jones will undergo surgery on his left shoulder after being injured during their Autumn Nations Series opener against New Zealand back in October.
It is the same shoulder he hurt before the British & Irish Lions’ South Africa tour earlier this year, although on that occasion he made a startling recovery and featured in all three Tests. However, it had not healed sufficiently, and now the 36-year-old faces an extended spell on the sidelines.