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Six Nations 2024: Manu Tuilagi dodges England's future questions ahead of France match

Six Nations 2024: Manu Tuilagi dodges England's future questions ahead of France match

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Comment on the photo, Manu Tuilagi last played for England in the third-place tie with Argentina in the World Cup

Guinness Six Nations: France vs England

place: Groupama Stadium, Lyon Date: Saturday, March 16 Starting: 20:00 GMT

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Center Manu Tuilagi avoided revealing his future plans in England amid reports linking him to him Move abroad.

The 32-year-old is yet to feature in the Six Nations, but was named on the bench for England's final match against France in Lyon.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) and the Rugby Premiership have a rule that players selected for England must compete in the Premier League.

“The plan is to take the field on Saturday,” Tuilagi said.

“I don't really know what I'm going to do tomorrow to be fair!”

Although Tuilagi won his first international cap in 2011, an injury-plagued 13-year Test career means Saturday will be just his 60th and final cap if he moves overseas.

The position played a key role in England's run to the 2019 World Cup final and more recently a third-place finish at last fall's World Cup in France.

He added, “For me, representing England and having the opportunity is a blessing, and I cannot wait. Every time I represent England, this may be the last match.”

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England coach Steve Borthwick, who has favored Ollie Lawrence and Henry Slade as his central group since Tuilagi's return from injury, is “hopeful” the Sale player will remain in the Premier League and available for selection.

“There are no confirmed plans yet, as far as I understand,” Borthwick said. “Ultimately it is up to Manu and the opportunities that present themselves.”

“From my point of view, he knows that I want him to stay in England. I want our best players to play in England.”

England, who are four points behind Ireland at the top of the table, must defeat France to have any chance of winning the Six Nations.

Ireland will retain their title if they win or draw with Scotland in Dublin, and losing a bonus point would also likely be enough to win the title.