Manu is a rugby union player for Sale Sharks. He has played internationally for England and the British and Irish Lions. He is the youngest brother of all Tuilagis and qualified for England through residency, having moved there at the age of 12, and in 2014 became a British citizen. He has won 43 caps between 2011 and 2020, including playing in the 2011 Rugby World Cup and starting in the 2019 Rugby World Cup Final.
Manu was selected to start the England Saxons game against Italy 'A' in January 2011, scoring a second-half try in a match which England won 45–17. In June 2011 he was named in England's training squad for the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
In addition, he has been involved with the England Sevens squad. In May 2010 he played for an England seven which won the London Floodlit Sevens, playing under the name 'Dig Deep England'.
On 6 August 2011, he made his England début in the World Cup warm-up match against Wales at Twickenham. As one of the starting XV, he scored a try in the 44th minute underneath the posts after an inside pass from Jonny Wilkinson. He then played in the third warm-up game, a victory over Ireland, and scored again. He was a regular starter during the World Cup. One of his strongest international performances came in the final match of the 2012 Autumn internationals, against the World Cup winners New Zealand at Twickenham. England won 38–21 – their largest ever winning margin over the All Blacks. He featured in all three of England's tries.
Manu was named in the Lions squad for their 2013 tour to Australia.He played against Western Force, Queensland Reds and Melbourne Rebels, and also played in the third test against the Wallabies, when he came on as a substitute in the 69th minute.
He returned to the England squad in March 2016 for the 2016 Six Nations Championship after not playing for the national side due to injury and disciplinary reasons since June 2014. He was ruled out of England's tour of Australia due to an injury suffered in a Premiership semifinal loss against Saracens.
Manu returned to the England team in 2018 and came off the bench in a 37–18 win against Australia to win his 28th cap.
After a string of strong performances for club team Leicester Tigers, He was included in the England squad for the 2019 Six Nations that ultimately finished in 2nd place, runners up to Grand Slam winners Wales.
CAREER IN NUMBERS
2009-2020 Leicester Tigers
2020-2021 Sale Sharkes
2011 England Saxons
2013 British and Irish Lions
Manu played to date 182 professional games for club and country and scored 300 points.