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Manu Tuilagi has been ruled out of England's tour to Australia with a hamstring injury.

Manu Tuilagi misses England's tour to Australia with hamstring injury

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Manu Tuilagi will miss England's tour to Australia next month with a hamstring problem, the Rugby Football Union has announced.

Tuilagi sustained the injury in Leicester's Aviva Premiership semi-final defeat at Saracens on Saturday and, following a scan, has been ruled out of the three-Test series against the Wallabies.

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A replacement will be named after Sunday's pre-tour Test against Wales at Twickenham.

"It's bad luck for Manu so close to the tour, but it provides a great opportunity for someone else. We wish Manu all the best and a quick recovery," head coach Eddie Jones said.

Tuilagi's withdrawal is the latest setback for a player whose injury record is beginning to make grim reading.

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In January he returned from a 15-month absence due to a groin problem and his comeback since has been interrupted by two separate hamstring complaints and a knee issue.

It is almost two years since he started for England with his only appearance since the 2014 tour to New Zealand a final quarter cameo as a replacement in the RBS 6 Nations victory over Wales in February.

The 25-year-old could at least have expected to provide midfield cover from the bench against the Wallabies and was a potential starter in the series that unfolds over three Tests in Brisbane, Melbourne and Sydney.

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