MANU TUILAGI faces at least six weeks after tearing his hamstring on England duty.
And he could be sidelined for three months if he needs an operation.
That would put him in doubt for the start of the Six Nations.
The centre, 30, picked up the injury scoring the opening try in Saturday’s victory over South Africa.
But his right leg was bandaged before kick-off.
The medics have now found a grade-three tear to leave his Sale chief Alex Sanderson “frustrated”.
He said: “Apparently the scan showed a grade-zero hamstring tear and I believe we’ve been shown evidence of that prior to the game.
“I’m sure they wouldn’t have pushed him through training if anything had shown up on that scan.
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“You’d love to point the finger at someone and say ‘it’s your fault’.
“Manu is injury prone, as we all know. I’m frustrated but I can’t say it’s England’s fault.”
Meanwhile players will be allowed to switch countries from January.
So England internationals Billy and Mako Vunipola could play for Tonga because of their heritage.
Players will have to stop Test rugby for three years.
And they must be born in the country they change to, or have a parent or grandparent born there.
England and Australia are ‘preferred candidates’ to host the 2025 women’s and 2027 men’s World Cups respectively.
Source: The Sun