Manu Tuilagi is a professional British rugby player who plays for the Aviva Premiership side, the Leicester Tigers. He was born in Fogapoa, Samoa on 18th May, 1990. He came to England on a holiday visa but had stayed on. For this, he faced deportation, but was later granted leave to remain in the country indefinitely. He hails from a family of sportspersons and is the youngest of six siblings. All of his five brothers are Samoan international rugby players.
During his educational years, Tuilagi played rugby with Hinkley RFC and competed in U14 to U16 tournaments. He studied at John Cleveland College where he was a part of the team which won the Leicestershire school county cup for 3 consecutive years. He also played in the U18 side and scored a try against Hampton School after collecting a cross-field kick. He represented Leicester in Twickenham by playing for the Middlesex Sevens.
He finished playing for the junior team by playing against the South African union rugby national team and won that match. He then joined the senior side for the 2010-11 season and was billed as a player with a lot of promise. The director of the team, Richard Cockerill, showed immense faith in the young player and expected him to be a regular on the side. He also said that it wouldn’t be very long before Manu Tuilagi found a place in the England national team. Sure enough, the young player started most of the games for the side and was called up for the England Saxons. During the semi-final match, Tuilagi punched Chris Ashton and was later given a 10-week ban for his actions. The sentence was subseuently reduced to 5 weeks.
Tuilagi had the option to play for either Samoa or for England. He chose the latter, saying that he would prefer to play for the country where he had grown up. He was given a place in the England Saxons lineup against Italy A where he scored a try in the second half. England won the match 45-17. Manu Tuilagi was selected for the national squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in June 2011, and has been a regular ever since. He has also been associated with the England Sevens team. He proved the believers right by putting up a commendable performance in the World Cup. He scored in both the warm-up matches, one against Wales and the next against Ireland.