Manu Tuilagi picks his England centre partnership moving forward, it's box-office - Ruck

Manu Tuilagi picks his England centre partnership moving forward, it’s box-office

Manu Tuilagi has made it clear that he harbours no regrets as he gears up for a fresh challenge with Bayonne, despite bidding farewell to his international career.

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The England centre, known for his powerhouse performances, is set to grace the field for potentially the last time in Sale Sharks colours this Friday before making the switch to French Top 14 side Bayonne in the summer.

He said: “Whatever you plan or what you want, sometimes you don’t get that, and that’s just life. I’m just so happy. I can’t believe I have played 60 times for England.

“I’m just thankful and blessed that I was able to play that amount of times. Once is amazing, but to even get over 10 is unbelievable.”

Tuilagi also went onto pick the centre partnership that should take Steve Borthwick should select moving forward.

He added: “It was a tough decision, but it’s another part of my journey. I’m getting old as well.

Ollie Lawrence of England during the Summer Nations Series Match between England and Wales at Twickenham, London on 12 Aug 2023 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

“The best thing is that we have players that are getting there nicely, the likes of Ollie Lawrence, Henry Slade, those guys. They will be huge for England for a long time.”

Commenting on the RFU’s controversial rule that bans overseas players representing England, Tuilagi said: ““What will be will be. If it does happen, it’ll be brilliant. If it doesn’t, it’s just life, I guess.

“But it would be nice for players to be able to play anywhere and still play for England.”

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