RWC made Tuilagi move 'easy'

Date published: September 20 2014

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Newcastle Falcons winger Alesana Tuilagi has revealed next year's Rugby World Cup played a major part in his return to England.

Newcastle Falcons winger Alesana Tuilagi has revealed next year's Rugby World Cup played a major part in his return to England.

The 33-year-old Samoan is looking to feature in his third tournament after appearing in 2007 and 2011.

Tuilagi had been playing for the NTT Shining Arcs in Japan since leaving Leicester Tigers in 2012, but was lured back by the possibility of getting himself in top shape and form ahead of next year's tournament.

Tuilagi will make his first start for Newcastle on Sunday against Northampton, having made two appearances off the bench so far in defeats to Leicester and London Irish.

“It was an easy decision for me to come back,” said Tuilagi

“I love the Premiership. It's great to be back here and playing at this level again, especially with the World Cup next year.

“The World Cup being here was definitely a factor in coming back. It was a great opportunity to get a feel for rugby here again.

“It's been good so far, I've been here a few weeks and I'm settling into team training now.

“It's a new place entirely for me. The talent is good and it seems like a good set up here so far. It's a nice place to live too so I'm happy.”

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