England and Leicester Tigers star Manu Tuilagi has resorted to unconventional methods in a bid to finally emerge from his injury nightmares.
The Samoan native has been hampered by a string of injuries since 2014 including his latest setback, a knee injury suffered while playing for the Tigers against Bath back in September.
Coming only one game after his recovery from another knee injury that kept him out of action for eight months, the 26-year-old went back under the knife to repair a damaged meniscus, thus ruling him out of the November internationals.
Now, the dynamic centre has revealed to BT Sport Rugby Tonight that he recently returned to the place of his birth and, on the advice of his mother, visited a witch doctor in order to rid himself of the injury ‘curse’ that has decimated his playing career over the last few seasons.
Reported by the Guardian, Tuilagi detailed his decision to take the unorthodox move.
“I saw the witch-doctor for two hours a day and she said she found what the illness was.
“She was half Fijian and half Samoan and found there were three lady spirits who had married themselves on to me for the last three years. The witch-doctor told me that was why I had been injured. The spirits wanted me for themselves – they wanted to punish me and injuring me was the way to do it. Every time I played – bang. Now they have gone.
“But maybe when it comes out in this newspaper they will know again? This is the first time I have done it and I hope to be back playing in mid-December.”
Having received permission to undertake the unconventional steps from Leicester’s director of rugby Matt O’Connor and club physio Ed Hollis, Tuilagi now hopes he can move forward with his career and get stuck back into action.
Only time will tell if this latest road to recovery will work once and for all but it is hoped that the star will be available for the 2018 Six Nations, when England will look to make it three championship victories in a row.