It is likely that Tuilagi will not be able to participate in the beginning of England’s Six Nations tournament due to a groin injury.
There is a possibility that Manu Tuilagi will not be able to participate in the beginning of England’s Six Nations due to a groin injury.
On December 22, Tuilagi sustained a muscle tear during Sale’s victory against Saracens at home. Alex Sanderson, the director of rugby for Sale, stated on Thursday that the centre will likely be sidelined for “five or six weeks” due to a grade-three tear. According to Sanderson, Tuilagi has pulled his groin but will not require surgery. The team anticipates his return during the Six Nations, although he is not expected to play in the first week.
England will start their journey on February 3rd against Italy in Rome. Tuilagi, who has been struggling with injuries since his first appearance in 2011, is confident that he can recover faster than the recommended six weeks. According to Sanderson, the official prognosis is five to six weeks, but Tuilagi believes he can return in four weeks.
Second-placed Sale are Premiership title contenders this season and they travel on Saturday to third‑placed Northampton – the winner of the fixture at a sold-out Franklin’s Gardens will go top of the table. But the Sharks coach said Tuilagi’s desire to play for England remains strong.
Sanderson stated that the decision for selection lies with England. He further mentioned that the player was previously considered before the injury and reiterated his desire to continue playing for the national team.
When asked about Tuilagi’s ability to maintain a positive mindset despite his recent injury, Sanderson expressed confidence in Tuilagi’s ability to do so. Sanderson had spoken to Tuilagi earlier that day and asked for his input on how to respond to media inquiries. Tuilagi replied by telling Sanderson to say whatever he felt was appropriate, demonstrating his trust in Sanderson’s judgement.
I asked him, “What are your intentions? Do you aspire to play international rugby? Will this have an impact on your drive?” He responded, “I simply want to play. If England chooses me, I am ready.” He is already looking ahead to his return and getting back into the game.