- Centre had been rated as ‘very doubtful’ for Saturday’s Test
- Sources at Leicester believe he could be involved after all
Eddie Jones has lobbed a tantalising curveball in Australia’s direction by retaining Manu Tuilagi in his 26-man squad for this Saturday’s Test at Twickenham, barely 24 hours after the head coach described the centre as “very doubtful” and suggested England would not rush him back prematurely.
With England not due to confirm their lineup until Thursday, Jones is clearly happy to keep the Wallabies’ management guessing as to whether the 27-year-old, who has not started a Test since 2014, will feature. Sources at his club, Leicester, believe there is a good chance Tuilagi will be involved this weekend, however, assuming he comes through Wednesday’s afternoon’s training unscathed.
Written by Robert Kitson
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/nov/20/chris-ashton-ruled-out-of-england-test-against-australia-due-to-calf-injury under the title “Manu Tuilagi keeps Australia guessing as Jones retains him in England squad”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.