Manu Tuilagi will return to England’s match day squad for their crucial Six Nations title decider against Wales at Twickenham on Saturday 12th March.
The bulldozing centre hasn’t played for England since their tour of New Zealand in June 2014 and has played only recently returned to action after 15 months out with a groin and hamstring injuries.
The 24-year-old is one of the world’s most explosive and powerful centres on his day and has an excellent strike rate for England with 11 tries in 25 internationals. He has made a pleasing return to rugby and scored his first Premiership try for two years in Leicester Tigers victory over Exeter Chiefs on Sunday.
Tuilagi will replace Saracens full-back Alex Goode in the 23-man squad and looks set for his Six Nations return off the bench, with Owen Farrell and Jonathan Joseph continuing their effective partnership.
Flanker James Haskell has praised Tuilagi’s return to the England squad saying: He is a threat and a very special player. I don’t often look at people and think ‘I wish I had some of his genes’. He is pace, power and strength personified.
“He will have an impact, he always does. I’ve played with him against some of the best teams in the world and he causes everybody trouble.
“Even if he has a bad day, someone will still get taken down or he’ll run through someone. Very few players have the ability to do that.”
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England head coach has also called-up Northampton Saints prop Kieran Brookes to the 23-man squad for game with Wales. The 25-year-old has replaced his club teammate Paul Hill and will now look to add to his haul of 15 caps.
Another man who could come onto the bench for the game is Exeter hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie, who is providing cover for Jamie George. The Saracens hooker has made big impacts off the bench in all three games, but suffered an arm injury in training last Thursday.
England v Wales is always a huge game, but this Six Nations title decider is one of the most anticipated in recent memory. Wales and Warren Gatland know what it takes to win these big games.
While England look a different proposition under Eddie Jones and the majority of the squad will be looking for revenge after their World Cup defeat against Wales in the autumn.