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Replacement Named For Manu Tuilagi In 33 Man England Squad

Bath winger Semesa Rokoduguni has been called up to the 33 man training squad that is meeting up on Monday and Tuesday in Brighton to prepare for the Six Nations, as an injured replacement for Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi.

Tuilagi withdrew from England’s two day training camp after suffering a knee injury in Tigers’ home match against league title holders Saracens.

The 26 cap behemoth has had no shortage of bad luck in recent times with injuries, making a return to the England squad in March 2016 for the first time since July 2014. He subsequently missed England’s tour of Australia and their autumn international campaign due to injury and recovery.

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However, for many fans Rokoduguni was unfortunate not to be included in England’s reduced 33 man squad anyway, so although no one would to wish injury on any player, the news of Tuilagi’s withdrawal provides the Bath winger with an opportunity to force his way into the reckoning for the Six Nations.

Rokoduguni collected only his second cap in two years against Fiji back in November having not played for the national team since the autumn of 2014.

Despite impressing for his club in the past few seasons, the Fijian-born flyer was dropped for England’s next test against Argentina.

Paul Wassell, Pundit Arena

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