‘Tuilagi is not a 13’ – Jones

Date published: February 22 2016

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England head coach Eddie Jones sees Manu Tuilagi as an inside centre and is keen to utilise the player before the end of the Six Nations.

Tuilagi, who played a full match for club side Leicester Tigers on Friday as he returns from a hamstring injury, is on the radar of Jones.

But the Australian stressed that before Tuilagi returns to the squad he would need to talk to Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill.

"I'll have to have that conversation with the head coach, but that's the planning," he told Sky Sports ahead of this week's game against Ireland.

"We'd like to look at that. I was pleased to watch him play."

He added on where he might use Tuilagi once he is fully fit: "I think inside centre is his best position. He's not a 13. That's what I know he's not. He's definitely a 12. He can carry the ball across the gain line."

"He threw a beautiful left to right pass on Friday night. And then he threw a terrible right to left, so maybe he's left handed.

"But he's got the ability to catch and pass. I haven't seen him kick but there's no reason he can't learn to kick.

"We have a reasonable kicking mentor here [in Jonny Wilkinson]. He has got all the attributes to be an outstanding 12."

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