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England's Tuilagi getting back to his best

Press AssociationPress Association 19/04/2016 Nick Purewal

Powerhouse centre Manu Tuilagi is closing in on his ideal fighting weight and will be at full tilt by the time England tour Australia in June.

That's the opinion of his Leicester boss and former England international Richard Cockerill.

Tuilagi will make his 11th Leicester appearance of both 2016 and the whole season in Sunday's European Champions Cup semi-final against Racing 92 at Nottingham's City Ground.

"I think Manu's getting back to where he was, he's 90 per cent there," said Cockerill.

The 24-year-old ended 15 months sidelined with severe groin trouble in January, and is only just hitting his straps again - but Cockerill believes the potent midfielder is primed for a big finish to the campaign.

"He's getting lots of game-time, physically very good, his match fitness is getting better.

"He's dropping his weight a little bit and getting that sharpness back which you tend to do when you start playing multiple games.

"So I think he's getting back to his best and he'll probably be dead bang-on right for the summer tour."

Tuilagi - who played a cameo role at the tail-end of England's Six Nations grand slam charge - at his line-breaking best to subdue Paris aristocrats Racing in the Midlands last weekend, so too will England crave his bullish talents in June's three-Test tour of Australia.

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