Six Nations Preview – 2 to Watch

This entry was posted on Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Billy Twelvetrees & Manu Tuilagi

William Wesley Twelvetrees was born in West Sussex. His father was a tree surgeon, and he spent his youth playing cricket. Manu Tuilagi was born into a rugby family in Samoa (his five older brothers all have international caps.) He arrived in Britain illegally six years ago, and occasionally jumps off ferries. Yet these two very different beasts, are the bright hopes for England’s future at 12 & 13.

Twelvetrees started off at Leicester’s Academy, and made his debut in 2009, winning Man of the Match and bagging a try. In 2011, he made his England Saxons Debut, and the following year moved to Gloucester. Last week, he marked his international debut by diving over a line, and taking home the MOTM award for good measure.

Like his new partner at Centre, Tuilagi begun at Leicester, appearing for them at the age of 18. Two years later, Tuilagi showed how keen he was to get close to the England set-up, by lamping Chris Ashton in a Premiership Semi-final. In January of that year, he had scored a try on his England Saxons debut, following that up seven months later with a try on his full debut against Wales.

Stuart Lancaster and all England fans will have to wait that little bit longer to see the two play in tandem, as Tuilagi is still carrying a slight knock, and will only begin on the bench against Ireland this weekend. It will however, only be a matter of time.

England are 2.04 to win on Sunday.

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