Leicester Tigers have tied down England centre Manu Tuilangi to a new ‘long-term’ contract at Welford Road.

The Aviva Premiership champions did not reveal the length of contract handed to the British & Irish Lions star, but director of rugby Richard Cockerill was understandably delighted to keep such a huge talent on the club’s books.

"Manu is a world-class talent and has taken every challenge that has come his way in his stride in the last three years as a senior player,” said Cockerill on the club’s official website.

"We all know what he can do, but he is maturing as a player all the time too which means he is getting better and better with every season.

"He was very proud to have the opportunity to follow his brothers into the Leicester Tigers team, Leicester is his home and we're delighted that he has committed his long-term future to the club."

Tuilagi, a product of Leicester’s famed academy, has scored 19 tries in 62 appearances for the club. His most recent effort came in the 37-17 final win over Northampton Saints last Saturday.

The powerful number 13 was also named Young Player of the Year by Tigers supporters, and scooped the club's Try of the Year award for his effort against Worcester Warriors early in the campaign.

Tuilagi, who has 21 caps for England, was rewarded for his form this season with a call-up to the Lions squad for the tour of Australia this summer, and is tipped to feature heavily for Warren Gatland’s side down under.

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