Manu Tuilagi hands England major boost after the centre opens talks with Sale over a new contract despite links to Japan with Eddie Jones struggling to find a successor
- Manu Tuilagi has begun fresh contract negotiations with Sale Sharks
- His contract was set to expire this summer and had been linked to Japan
- The centre is keen to continue under Alex Sanders, boosting his England hopes
England have been handed a 2023 World Cup boost, after Manu Tuilagi opened talks with Sale about a new contract.
Tuilagi is a free agent this summer and has been linked with a move to Japan following an injury-hit campaign.
However, The Mail on Sunday understands Tuilagi wants to continue under new coach Alex Sanderson and that both parties are keen to reach a deal.
By staying in the Premiership, Tuilagi will keep alive his England chances and Eddie Jones has struggled to find a successor for the powerful centre.
England have been given a boost after Manu Tuilagi opened new contract talks with Sale