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Rugby Union

England boosted by duo return

14th February 2020, 08:00 by Alex Jack

Centres Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade are both back in training ahead of England's showdown with Ireland on February 23 at Twickenham.

Leicester Tigers star Tuilagi has managed to recover from a groin injury, while Exeter Chiefs centre Slade is back after recovering from a fractured ankle he suffered back in December.

England head coach Eddie Jones is delighted to have the pair in his ranks once again and feels they will give the Red Rose a real boost ahead of their Six Nations showdown with the Irish next week.

"It's always good to get good players back," Jones added. "We haven't had Slade the whole Six Nations and obviously had Manu just for the first game and they're both quality players, so it's good to have them back."

Meanwhile, England will have to do without Bath utility back Anthony Watson who is said to be "a couple of weeks away" from playing due to a calf problem.

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Alex Jack is a Yorkshireman with Scottish connections and well versed in a number of sports. A Leeds United supporter, who also enjoys both codes of rugby. Leeds Rhinos is where you can find him in the summer, while Alex is an avid supporter of Scottish rugby union.

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