Six Nations: Manu Tuilagi named in England squad to play Wales

Manu Tuilagi
Manu Tuilagi made his England debut in 2011
Six Nations: England v Wales
Venue: Twickenham. Date: Saturday, 12 March. Kick-off: 16:00 GMT
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live & BBC Sport website and BBC Sport app, plus live text commentary on BBC Sport website

Manu Tuilagi returns to England's matchday squad to face Wales in the Six Nations at Twickenham on Saturday.

The Leicester centre, 24, has not played for England since June 2014 because of a groin injury and disciplinary issues.

He replaces Alex Goode in the 23-man squad and is likely to start on the bench, while Northampton prop Kieran Brookes has also been included.

Head coach Eddie Jones will name his starting XV on Thursday.

Exeter hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie replaces Jamie George, who suffered an arm injury in training last Thursday.

Brookes has been named in place of club team-mate Paul Hill for the game between the two unbeaten countries in this season's competition.

Tuilagi has scored 11 tries in 25 England appearances, but his international career has been disrupted by injury and disciplinary problems.

Six Nations table

He was left out of the World Cup squad last year after admitting assaulting police officers in April 2015, an offence which he denied in September.

Named in England's original 33-man training squad to face Wales, he was released to play for Leicester last weekend.

Tuilagi scored his first Premiership try for almost two years as Leicester beat Exeter 31-27.

England flanker James Haskell said: "He is a threat and a very special player. I don't often look at people and think 'I wish I had some of his genes'. He is pace, power and strength personified.

"He will have an impact, he always does. I've played with him against some of the best teams in the world and he causes everybody trouble.

"Even if he has a bad day, someone will still get taken down or he'll run through someone. Very few players have the ability to do that.

"He was obviously sorely missed at the World Cup. Whenever he is not involved in the game he is missed."

England are one point clear of Wales at the top of the Six Nations table after winning their first three games.

Six Nations schedule
Date (All times GMT)ProgrammeCoverage
Sat, 12 Mar (13:30 KO)Ireland v ItalyITV and BBC Radio
Sat, 12 Mar (16:00 KO)England v WalesITV and BBC Radio 5 live
Sun, 13 Mar, 14:00 (15:00 KO)Scotland v FranceBBC One and BBC Radio

England 23-man squad to play Wales:

Forwards: Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), 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 Rugby), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

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