Eng­land pick in­jured Tuilagi in Aus­tralia tour squad

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Manu Tuilagi has been in­cluded in Eng­land’s squad for Aus­tralia de­spite sus­tain­ing a ham­string in­jury that threat­ens his par­tic­i­pa­tion in the tour. Tuilagi suf­fered the in­jury dur­ing Le­ices­ter’s de­feat by Sara­cens in Satur­day’s Premier­ship semi-final at Al­lianz Park and it is un­der­stood the ini­tial prog­no­sis is that he will be side­lined for six weeks. Fly-half Owen Far­rell, who suf­fered a rib in­jury in the same match, is also present, as are four un­capped play­ers in the 32-strong squad se­lected by Ed­die Jones for the three-Test se­ries against the Wal­la­bies. Worces­ter cen­tre Ben Te’o, Bris­tol prop El­lis Genge, Har­lequins prop Kyle Sinck­ler and Northamp­ton back row Teimana Har­ri­son could make their Eng­land de­buts next month. Wing Chris Ash­ton is a shock ex­clu­sion from the tour­ing party, which will be cap­tained by Dy­lan Hart­ley. “We are still a young squad with an av­er­age age of 24 so this will be a big learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,” said Jones. “This will be the first time many of the play­ers will have toured Aus­tralia so there’s no his­tor­i­cal bag­gage there and men­tally we’ll be in a good place off the back of the Six Na­tions.”

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