The head coach of Leicester, Matt O’Connor, strongly believes that Manu Tuilagi will play in autumn international series of England in spite of his last week reprimand for a night drunken and out, he also suggested that Tuilagi is a valuable player for Eddie Jones and he will not leave him.
Meanwhile, he also hinted that latest off-field indiscretion of Tuilagi was because of his frustration at been limited to work of rehab during the camp in England training.
Jones was asked to remain furious with Denny Solomona and Tuilagi after they came back to the hotel, where the entire team stays at 4.30am in the state of drunk, and just a few hours earlier the only full contact session of three-day of England get-together. Jones sent them home early and it was clear that their behavior will be considered when Jones will pick his next squad by England in the late September.
Just 72 hours previously of this incident, Jones had made this very clear how interested he was in Tuilagi to select him in his next squad. Jones described Tuilagi as the player who is capable of “ripping the All Blacks apart”. He is the only player who has the ability to do so, after calling Tuilagi into the camp. O’Connor said, however, that while I expect Tuilagi to be fit for season of Leicester opener opposite Bath on 4 September, he center struggled within England fold with being on the periphery.
O’Connor said, Jones said, “It would be surprising to me if it had any difficulties further, Eddie is a smart guy and at the camp of England, it was going to be as an act of juggling, the reason for the same is, he couldn’t contribute more to the actual rugby part of it.”