Another lengthy lay-off for Tuilagi

Date published: January 4 2017

Manu Tuilagi has reportedly been ruled out for the rest of the season after damaging knee ligaments during Leicester’s New Years Day defeat to Saracens at Welford Road.

The England centre had finally earned a England recall after coach Eddie Jones included him in a 33-man squad for a two-day training camp in Brighton, but those plans have now been shattered in the wake of yet another long-term injury.

The Leicester centre has barely returned from a groin injury which kept him on the sidelines for two months and forced him to miss the November internationals last year. Before that he was out for 15 months with the same injury.

Mail Sport broke the story, claiming Tuilagi will not only miss the Six Nations due to the injury, but his chances of getting picked for the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand have also been crushed.