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VIDEO – Manu on a mission

05 September 2011

  • England centre Manu Tuilagi relishing Argentina clash 
  • I look forward to the physicality – Tuilagi

England’s 20-year-old battering ram Manu Tuilagi says that he’s relishing the physicality Argentina will inevitably bring to Saturday’s IRB Rugby World Cup opener in Dunedin. 

The Leicester Tigers centre has put himself in the frame for a start against the Pumas after scoring in the world cup warm up matches against Wales at Twickenham and Ireland in Dublin.

England centre Manu Tuilagi

Photo: Getty Images

On the threat Argentina will pose, Samoan-born Tuilagi is under no illusions, and said: “We’re expecting a massive, physical game from start to finish, so all we can do is train hard and be ready for them. 

“I look forward to the physicality, not only against Argentina, but in every game I play. It doesn’t matter who we’re against, it’s just important to stamp your authority on each match.

“We’ve got good forwards but Argentina can keep the ball quite well. Hopefully we can get hold of it and get the ball out wide when possible.”

With two tries in two games for his adopted country, Tuilagi cites the help he’s received from the senior members of the England squad as key to his early international success. 

“It’s been a massive help to have so much experience around me,” he said. “To play with Mike Tindall, who is one of the best centres in the world, is an honour and I just hope it continues. I speak to my family a lot and they keep me grounded, and my teammates give me a lot of advice. I’m just taking it day by day.”