Tuilagi retains place in England squad

Date published: March 8 2016

BAGSHOT, ENGLAND - MARCH 08:  Manu Tuilagi smiles during the England training session held at Pennyhill Park on March 8, 2016 in Bagshot, England.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi has been retained in England's 24-man squad for Saturday's Six Nations game against Wales at Twickenham.

Tuilagi, 24, has not played for England since 21 June 2014 because of injury and replaces full-back Alex Goode in the squad.

Lock Joe Launchbury is also fit enough to be named among 14 England forwards ahead of the game, which is likely to decide the destination of the Six Nations title.

Launchbury, 24, missed the victory over Ireland with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Saracens lock Maro Itoje who retains his place in the squad.

Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints) comes in to replace his club teammate Paul Hill in the 24 while Luke Cown-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs) remains with the squad as cover for Jamie George at hooker.

“Jamie George sustained an injury to his arm during this afternoon’s training so Luke Cowan-Dickie remains with the squad as cover while Jamie undergoes further medical assessments," said England Head Coach Eddie Jones. 

England are unbeaten in the competition, having won their opening three matches against Scotland, Italy and Ireland.

Forwards: Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens) 

Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Anthony Watson (Bath), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers) 

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