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Manu Tuilagi may miss out on Six Nations


Manu Tuilagi

Manu Tuilagi

Manu Tuilagi

Manu Tuilagi could miss England's Six Nations campaign after the Leicester centre revealed his recovery from a groin injury was progressing slowly.

Tuilagi missed the autumn Tests while he recovered from the problem that has sidelined him for much of this season.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster said at the end of November that Tuilagi was the player who could make a key difference to his team.

But Lancaster faces the prospect of being without the powerful Leicester man for at least a large part of the championship ahead, which for England begins against Wales on February 6.

Discussing his recovery, Tuilagi said: It's slow. I had three prolotherapy injections - sugar - to try to bring the pubis back together.

"It's slow but it's getting there. No one's really sure how long it's going to take. When it first happened even the doctor said it would be six to eight weeks."


Scotland coach Vern Cotter has handed four Edinburgh players their first call-ups after naming his squad for next month's Six Nations opener with France.

Scrum-half Sam Hidalgo-Clyne and forwards Ben Toolis, Hugh Blake and Hamish Watson are all included after impressing for Alan Solomons Gunners.

Grieg Laidlaw, meanwhile, will continue to skipper the Dark Blues in Grant Gilchrist's absence.


New Zealand-born Gareth Anscombe has been named in the Wales squad for this season's Six Nations Championship.

The Cardiff Blues fly-half, 23, moved to Wales earlier this season and has made just nine appearances for his regional side.

Anscombe, whose mother was born in Wales, is among four uncapped players in a 34-man group announced by head coach Warren Gatland.

Anscombe will be joined by fellow Test rookies in Newport Gwent Dragons centre Tyler Morgan, Scarlets prop Rob Evans and Blues hooker Kristian Dacey.

There are no places, though, for 95 times-capped Blues prop Adam Jones or Gloucester fly-half James Hook.