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Thursday 17 August 2017

Jones: I just told Tuilagi to run amok

England's Manu Tuilagi during training (Reuters)
England's Manu Tuilagi during training (Reuters)

England centre Manu Tuilagi will be unleashed upon Wales in the second half of tomorrow's Six Nations clash with the simple instruction of running amok (Live RTE2/BBC1 4.00pm).

Tuilagi's 21-month injury-enforced international exile will come to an when he is summoned as a final-quarter replacement at Twickenham for the visit of Warren Gatland's title pretenders.

Head coach Eddie Jones was convinced that the 24-year-old wrecking ball was ready for his international comeback from a groin injury after six games for Leicester when he watched him slice through opponents in training.

"Manu ran two lines on Tuesday and cut a hole in our defence," the Australian said. "Our defence coach Paul Gustard wasn't too happy! He's got something, that lad.

"He has power and pace and that innate rugby sense. Manu is a good rugby player and that combination of power and pace isn't a bad one.

"We haven't adapted his style for Saturday's game - I just want him to find his way. I tend to under-coach him rather than over-coach.

"I told him just to get the ball in his hands - whether it's off nine, 10 or 13. Players like him you don't want to put too many restrictions on.

"It's the same with Billy Vunipola - we don't tell him how to attack. Those sorts of players you need to give more rope and less instruction. We've told Manu to just run."

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