Manu Tuilagi is as terrifying playing football as he is playing rugby
England fans got a glimpse of the footballing skills of Eddie Jones’ squad this week in the latest episode of o2 Inside Line- The Next Level, and there were some surprises.
Loosehead Bevan Rodd looked as though he had the ball glued to his foot such was his Messi-esque control, which some might not have expected. However, something many fans would have seen coming was Manu Tuilagi’s approach to the game, which was shockingly similar to his approach to rugby.
There was a clip of Tuilagi on the ball, where he evaded the tackle of Courtney Lawes before a one on one with what looked to be Luke Cowan-Dickie. This is where having legs like concrete bollards comes in handy, as the hooker was left stumbling as he tried to tackle Tuilagi, who carried on powering on much in the same way he does with a rugby ball in his hand.
Fans got to see the bottle of the players when it comes to penalty shootouts as well, as both Jamie George and Kyle Sinckler sent the ball flying into the stratosphere. Elliot Daly, on the other hand, showed that he is not just a dab hand at kicking a rugby ball with an expertly taken penalty.
That match was played ahead of last weekend, which was a fallow week in the Six Nations, but their attention will have switched back to rugby this weekend ahead of Wales’ visit to Twickenham. This is the squad:
Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 33 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 38 caps)
Alex Dombrandt (Harlequins, 6 caps)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 28 caps)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 33 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 63 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 53 caps)
Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, 5 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 90 caps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins, 76 caps)
Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps)
Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs, 11 caps)
Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 49 caps)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 17 caps)
Elliot Daly (Saracens, 54 caps)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 79 caps)
Max Malins (Saracens, 12 caps)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 36 caps)
Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 3 caps)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 45 caps)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 7 caps)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 7 caps)
Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 46 caps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 114 caps)
Take a look at the video: