Tuilagi delighted to face All Blacks

Date published: June 30 2015

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Samoa wing Alesana Tuilagi cannot wait to take on New Zealand on home soil in Apia on July 8, saying his team will give 120 percent in the game.

The veteran finisher, who is a former Leicester Tigers fan favourite, has been included in the 26-man squad by head coach Stephen Betham.

And ahead of a special match, he is brimming with excitement.

"It's pretty tough for islanders to bring the All Blacks, the number one team in the world," he told the Samoa Observer

"I'm looking forward to this. It's good for the country and a good opportunity for the players …to play well."

Of course all the Samoan players in camp are battling hard to gain selection from Betham for the game, with wing Tuilagi savouring every minute.

"It's been a dream for me to continue to play with Manu Samoa and for my country," he added.

"Once you retire, you look back and you still want to play. I'm really excited and really pleased they want me back.

"I'm sure every player will give their 120 percent for this game."

While Tuilagi is likely to make the World Cup squad for his country, his brother, Manu, won't be featuring for England after an off-field incident saw him arrested.

"To be honest, I just support him," said the wing when asked about the issue, before revealing that Manu is currently in Savai'i seeing the family.

"He didn't assault them like the paper said because that's what they do. He's sort of disappointed but you know, things happen and sometimes you can't do anything about it.

"Just be with your family and be happy. Learn from it and look forward to the next challenge. You know we always support him no matter what.

"We're all really happy that Manu is going to stay on and watch the game. Our parents are very happy. Everybody is here this time of the year…so it’s pretty exciting for us. It’s been a long time.

"It's a good time to spend time with each other and for some bonding."

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