Manu Tuilagi has been voted the Aviva Premiership Rugby Player of the Month as he continues to push for a place in Martin Johnson’s Rugby World Cup squad.
The Leicester Tigers winger was picked for March by a panel made up of rugby media representatives from print, TV, radio and the photographers.
Tuilagi spoke of the pride he felt for being named March’s Player of the Month: “I am very pleased to be the Aviva Player of the Month. To get the award is a great honour. It is down to the hard work of the rest of the squad and the coaching staff at Tigers, who have helped me with my game.”
“I am surprised with how well it has gone because at the start of the season I was just trying to get into the team and all the time you are working hard and trying to earn that Tigers shirt.”
Director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: “Manu is a good player, is working really hard and has been playing well for us. He is developing and learning with every game and is really enjoying his rugby.”
The centre remains England’s problem position ahead of rugby’s showpiece event in September, and Tuilagi’s case for inclusion in Johnno’s squad is growing all the time. If Leicester go on to lift the trophy with Tuilagi playing a prominent role, how can Johnno leave him at home.
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Manu Tuilagi Player Profile:
Date of birth: May 18, 1991
Place of birth: Samoa
Height: 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight: 105 kg (16st 8lb)
Tuilagi used to play junior rugby at Hinckley RFC from U14’s to U16’s; winning the Leicestershire county cup at U16’s. He was a student at John Cleveland College where he has won the Leicestershire schools county cup 3 years running and played in the U15’s Daily Mail Vase where on the way to the Final at Twickenham Stadium. Tuilagi again played in the Daily Mail Vase final in u18’s where he scored a try in the victory over Hampton School after collecting a crossfield kick.