Tuilagi's Six Nations hopes in balance after centre limps off
Manu Tuilagi's hopes of earning an England recall for the Six Nations Championship have suffered a fresh setback after the Leicester centre's injury curse struck again.
Tuilagi was forced out of the action just seven minutes into Leicester's 16-12 defeat by Saracens at Welford Road yesterday with an injury to his right knee following a collision with Scotland wing Sean Maitland.
The 25-year-old had to be helped off the pitch and could be seen wincing, suggesting his latest setback could mean a lengthy spell on the sidelines.
He did not travel to join up with England's two-day training camp in Brighton last night, having earned a recall to the squad for the first time in nine months on Saturday.
Meanwhile, George North (pictured) returned to the Northampton team for the first time since suffering a head injury on December 3, as the Saints beat Gloucester 13-12.
The Wales wing was involved only fleetingly, despite lasting the full 80 minutes, as Northampton needed a penalty try seven minutes from time to edge the win. Gloucester were left to count the cost of David Halaifonua's failed intercept, which the TMO ruled as a deliberate knock-on.
Whether his attempt to catch the ball was genuine or not, there was a Northampton overlap, so for Jim Mallinder, the Saints director of rugby, the decision was straightforward.
"We were going to score that," Mallinder said. "It was a clear overlap so I think it was the only decision that the referee could make."