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PODCAST – Manu Tuilagi on his breakthrough year

12 May 2011

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  • Leicester Tigers prodigy Manu Tuilagi on his rapid rise to prominence
Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi in action against Saracens in the Aviva Premiership

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At last year’s Aviva Premiership final, teenager Manu Tuilagi was in fancy dress sitting in the stands watching Leicester Tigers secure their nail-biting win over Saracens.

Twelve months on the 19-year-old has a full season in the first team and two eye-catching appearances for England Saxons under his belt as Tigers prepare to face Northampton Saints in this Saturday’s semi final.

The RFU.com podcast catches up with Tuilagi, 20 next week, who reflects on winning a court fight to remain in the country, following in the footsteps of his rugby-playing brothers and going green at Twickenham.

He said: "I'm very pleased – considering at the start of the season I was nearly deported back home and wasn't in the [Leicester] team. I think this season has gone very well for me."

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Also on this week's RFU.com podcast:

Northampton duo Jim Mallinder and Tom Wood look ahead to the big game after picking up their QBE Director of Rugby and Aviva Premiership Player of the Season accolades at this season’s awards dinner. Saracens hooker Schalk Brits previews his side’s date with Gloucester Rugby in the weekend’s other big game and chief executive Edward Griffiths updates us on next season’s stadium move to Barnet.

Andy Goode steered Worcester Warriors to a 21-12 win in the first leg of their Championship final at Cornish Pirates. The former England fly half wants to finish the job in front of a capacity crowd at Sixways but Pirates wing Rhodri McAtee insists they can overturn the nine-point deficit.

And try-scoring Bristol Rugby wing Anthony Elliott celebrates a weekend to remember after beating Bedford Blues to lift the British & Irish Cup less than 24 hours after the wife Abigail gave birth to their son.

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