England optimistic Manu Tuilagi will be fit to face All Blacks

09 November, 2018, 07:37 | Author: Suzanne Horton
  • Eddie Jones is hoping Tuilagi is fit to face the All Blacks

Tuilagi has made the 25-man squad for Saturday's Quilter global against the All Blacks at Twickenham after recovering from a minor groin strain.

Flanker Tom Curry was ruled out of the rest of England's rugby tests this month because of the left ankle he injured against South Africa.

Tuilagi was meant to return to action in last weekend's narrow 12-11 victory over the Springboks but was a late withdrawal from the matchday 23 with a minor groin strain.

"I was gutted when he pulled out, but it was a tiny niggle".

"We won't risk him, he's either 100 per cent fit or he's not".

'We know what a world-class operator Manu is, ' Youngs told Sky Sports.

Tuilagi was set to make his first global appearance since 2016 against the Springboks having recovered from serious groin, knee and hamstring injuries, only for his groin to tighten up.


"Seeing him in your team settles the boys down knowing he is there". I'm really please he's able to get back out there.

We expect to him be in full training by Tuesday, so that gives him the opportunity to become available for selection. You know against New Zealand you're going to have score tries, simply trying to slot penalties probably isn't going to be enough because of the threat they pose.

"I don't like the word 'containing" because it implies we will go out there and see what they have got.

"That is one thing we definitely don't want to do because we know what they're capable of".

Lock Lawes may also come up against the All Blacks, having been ruled out of the Springboks clash with a back injury.

"So having guys like him and other guys is vital because you need guys that are going to be game changers or game-breakers and he's certainly one of those guys so he's going to be important if he's involved".

England were hit with injury concerns in their back row prior to their November tests, moving former Hurricanes captain Brad Shields to the front line at blindside flanker, and Jones has a further problem.

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