Manu’s the man, says impressed England team-mate Youngs

Ben Youngs has warned Ireland that Manu Tuilagi is in the shape of his life as England plot to launch the powerful centre on another decisive early raid.

Tuilagi’s bulldozing run straight from a line-out provided the launchpad for Jonny May to score in the second minute at the Aviva Stadium in February, igniting a stunning 32-20 victory over the defending Six Nations champions.

The rivals lock horns once again at Twickenham on Saturday when Tuilagi will be making his first start of the World Cup warm-up Tests having delivered impressive cameos in the two matches against Wales.

“Manu…. the Chief’s looked great. He’s probably in the best physical shape I’ve ever seen him,” Leicester scrum-half Youngs said.

“He’s certainly in a great head-space, loving every minute of being here, which is fantastic. He’s always happy, he’s buzzing around the place.

“He’s constantly enthusiastic and that rubs off on guys. I’m excited to see how he goes.

“We saw glimpses of it in the first two games, particularly the first Wales game with his carry, so we’ll try to get him into the game early against Ireland.

“Against Wales at Twickenham, everyone was running back saying ‘yours’.”

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