24 Facts About Manu Tuilagi


Etuale Manusamoa Tuilagi was born on 18 May 1991, and known as Manu Tuilagi, is a rugby union player for Sale Sharks.

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Manu Tuilagi has won 43 caps between 2011 and 2020, including playing in the 2011 Rugby World Cup and starting in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final.

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Manu Tuilagi played for the Lions on their 2013 tour to Australia, winning one cap.

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Manu Tuilagi is the younger brother of Freddie, Henry, Alesana, Anitelea and Sanele Vavae Tuilagi, all of whom are Samoan internationals and played for Leicester.

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Manu Tuilagi was named Manusamoa, after the name of the Samoan national team, Manu Samoa, because his brother Freddie was selected for Samoa at the World Cup in 1991, the year Manu was born.

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Manu Tuilagi moved to the UK to join his brothers, and began playing youth rugby in 2004 with Rumney RFC while living in Cardiff, when his brother Freddie was playing for the Cardiff Blues.

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In June 2010, Manu Tuilagi faced possible deportation from the UK after it became known that he had entered the country on a holiday visa six years earlier and had stayed on illegally.

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Manu Tuilagi represented Leicester in the Middlesex Sevens at Twickenham in 2009.

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On 6 November 2009, Manu Tuilagi played for Leicester Tigers against South Africa at Welford Road.

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Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill said that he expected Manu Tuilagi to be a first-team regular and to play for England before long.

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Manu Tuilagi was later cited for this offence and given a 10-week ban, later reduced to five weeks.

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Manu Tuilagi started the 2013 Premiership final and scored a try as Leicester defeated Northampton Saints.

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On 10 July 2020, Manu Tuilagi left Leicester Tigers after failing to agree a reduced wage package, amid the financial challenges caused to the club by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Manu Tuilagi has since extended his contract for a further two seasons.

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Manu Tuilagi said he would prefer to play internationally for England, where he had grown up and played all of his rugby.

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Manu Tuilagi then played in the third warm-up game, a victory over Ireland, and scored again.

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Manu Tuilagi was a regular starter during the World Cup.

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Manu Tuilagi was named in the Lions squad for their 2013 tour to Australia.

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Manu Tuilagi played against Western Force, Queensland Reds and Melbourne Rebels, and played in the third test against the Wallabies, when he came on as a substitute in the 69th minute.

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Manu Tuilagi returned to the England squad in March 2016 for the 2016 Six Nations Championship after not playing for the national side due to injury and disciplinary reasons since June 2014.

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Manu Tuilagi was ruled out of England's tour of Australia due to an injury suffered in a Premiership semifinal loss against Saracens.

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Manu Tuilagi has been involved in a number of incidents that have affected his playing career.

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In May 2015, Manu Tuilagi was convicted of assaulting two female police officers and a taxi driver, and fined £6,205.

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Manu Tuilagi was not selected in England's initial squad for the 2018 Six Nations.

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