Manu Tuilagi’s injury curse has struck again after Sale revealed he will be sidelined for six months with a torn achilles, ruling him out of England’s forthcoming autumn campaign as well as next year’s Six Nations and dealing Eddie Jones a huge blow.
Tuilagi will undergo surgery next week and will miss Sale’s Premiership title push, England’s bid for the 2020 Six Nations title against Italy on 31 October, and their Autumn Nations Cup campaign. The 29-year-old is also due to sit out the 2021 Six Nations, meaning he will play no Test rugby before the British & Irish Lions tour of South Africa. Indeed, he is likely to only be in the early stages of his comeback when Warren Gatland names his touring squad.
Tuilagi sustained the injury in the early stages of Sale’s victory at Northampton on Tuesday – his seventh appearance for the Sharks – in an