Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Manu Tuilagi put in another impressive performance this past weekend as Leicester Tigers beat Northampton Saints 27-16. He hasn't been selected for England duty though, surprising some.
The young Samoan born centre was featured here on RD last month as he put in a smashing tackle on Tom Williams . Since then he's kept up his form and many had predicted that the dynamic 19 year old could be turning out for England in next month's Six Nations.
Tuilagi has grown up in England and after nearly getting deported a while back, has committed to playing for the country, despite his brothers having represented Samoa. They are fully behind his decision though, as he's actually played at England Under 16, 18, and 20 levels.
"My baby brother has more talent and is a better player than the other five Tuilagi boys. If he were called up for England, he'd be ready," said brother and teamate Alesana recently.
Martin Johnson however, although being impressed with recent performances, has opted to not include the youngster in his Six Nations plans, instead option for Riki Flutey, Shontayne Hape, and Mike Tindall as their centres.
There is some consolation for Tuilagi in that while he wasn't selected for the Saxons either, Dom Waldouck seems to be suffering with injury, so the Tigers center might get a call up. If it doesn't happen now though, you can be sure that it will in the not too distant future.
The short clip below was requested and features yet another solid tackle from the young man. It also includes a bum moment for another Tigers player.
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