England’s Tuilagi in doubt for Autumn Internationals

England centre Manu Tuilagi could miss the Autumn Internationals after he suffered a recurrence of his groin injury playing for Leicester in the European Rugby Champions Cup.

Tuilagi suffered the injury in Leicester’s 25-18 victory over Ulster on Saturday and was forced to leave the field early on in the match.

Tigers Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill has confirmed that the England centre could be out for around a month.

“It’s a recurrence of his groin, which is not great,” Cockerill told BBC Sport.

“That was three weeks last time. That’s going to be an issue for him, with us, and obviously with the autumn series.”

Twenty-three-year-old Tuilagi has won 25 caps for England and played a significant role in England’s victory over the All Blacks in 2012.

Tuilagi missed three Premiership matches earlier this season with the injury.

“He just went to accelerate and he felt his groin go,” said Cockerill.

“The way he plays, you just can’t play with that sort of problem.”

England start their Autumn Internationals against New Zealand’s All Blacks on November the 8th and also play South Africa, Samoa and Australia.

England coach Stuart Lancaster has already lost props Alex Corbisiero and Mako Vunipola, hooker Tom Youngs and lock Geoff Parling.

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