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Tommaso Allan provides update on Instagram after being stretchered off following tackle by Tuilagi

During Sale Sharks’ impressive 24-16 victory against Harlequins, there was a controversial incident involving Sharks and England center Manu Tuilagi and Italian international Tommaso Allan.

The two players collided heads, with referee Wayne Barnes ruling it a rugby collision, which left many fans puzzled.

Allan would leave the contest on a stretcher in a rather concerning scene.

Barnes stated, “I don’t see any foul play there.”

Ben Kay remarked that there was “no wrap,” but Ugo Monye dismissed it as simply a “rugby incident.”

As a result of the ruling, Barnes awarded a scrum to Sale for Allan’s knock-on.

Manu Tuilagi tackle:

Instagram post:

The fly-half later wrote on Instagram: “Thanks for all the messages. All precautions had to be taken, but I am all good. Will have. stiff neck in the morning.”

Moving on:

After joining the South West London club at the start of the 2021/22 campaign, Allan will return to Perpignan for a second stint at the club.

The club said in a statement: “Harlequins wish Allan the best in the next step in his rugby career and looks forward to finishing the current campaign with the Italian international in the Famous Quarters.”

Sinfield statement:

Kevin Sinfield has called on the England team to make sure they tackle at a lower height.

Manu Tuilagi is currently waiting to see if he will receive a ban for a high hit in Sunday’s game, which could keep him out of the opening rounds of the Six Nations.

Sinfield’s comments were made before Tuilagi’s hit on Allen or Farrell’s controversial collision with Jack Clement of Gloucester on Friday, but the incidents are likely to reinforce Sinfield’s efforts to promote a safety-first mentality and increase discipline within the England team.

“I agree [with high tackles resulting in red cards] – quite rightly they are,” Sinfield said.

“Tackle height is something we worked on for a long long time at Leicester (where he and Borthwick previously coached).

“There is mitigation in some of these but ask anybody who worked with me at Leicester and they will understand that they’ve been coached to tackle low.

“The sooner we can educate, develop and work with younger players on tackle height, it makes the game safer for everybody. My first role as a coach is to provide as safe an environment as I can. That includes how we practise tackling.

“Everything is a balance. You run the risk if you tackle high of getting it wrong. I’d much rather we tackle low rather than a) somebody getting hurt or b) us losing somebody.”

Sir Clive Woodward selects England XV to ‘win the Six Nations’

The former England head coach is backing new head coach Steve Borthwick to get England on a roll by calling up the in-form Premiership stars.

“England can absolutely win the Six Nations and the World Cup. The more I think about it, the more excited I am about Steve Borthwick’s appointment as head coach,” wrote Woodward.

“I’m hugely excited for England’s first game with Scotland. Borthwick is in a good position to bring immediate improvement to the team because the pressure is off him and the only way is up after a disappointing last three years.

“Borthwick needs to nail down who he wants in his starting 15, but especially the key positions of 10, 12 and 13. He has to get the culture right.

“I’d like to see form Premiership players like Ollie Hassell-Collins and Ben Earl given a chance and bring a fresh, youthful vibrancy to the England set-up. Since the 2019 World Cup, Jones picked virtually the same players almost regardless of their club form.

“I think that will change under Borthwick and his selection for the Scotland game is an opportunity to really lay down a marker.”

Sir Clive Woodward England XV


  • 15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers)
  • 14. Ollie Hassell-Collins (London Irish)
  • 11. Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons)

Woodward wrote: “’”There are some serious speedsters in the Premiership and I don’t think Joe Cokanasiga, Jack Nowell and Jonny May are at the top of the pile.

“I’d love to see him pick from guys like Tommy Freeman, Adam Radwan, Cadan Murley and Ollie Hassell-Collins.”

Freddie Steward of England goes over for a try during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Australia at Twickenham on 13 November 2021. Photo: Micah Crook/PPAUK


  • 13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
  • 12. Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks)
Manu Tuilagi of England during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK