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England centre Tuilagi turns down Racing move to extend stay at Leicester

The 27-year-old has signed a contract extension with the Tigers.

Tuilagi in action for England during this year's Six Nations.
Tuilagi in action for England during this year's Six Nations.
Image: Gareth Fuller

ENGLAND CENTRE MANU Tuilagi has committed to Leicester Tigers by signing a new contract, ending speculation he would make a move to the Top 14 with Racing 92.

Tuilagi’s future at club level seemed to be in France, after reports emerged claiming he was in discussions about a lucrative deal to leave Welford Road for Paris.

Leicester head coach Geordan Murphy acknowledged his side were facing a major battle to keep Tuilagi last month, and England head coach Eddie Jones also hinted at a move to Racing being close.

However, the Tigers have been able to convince Tuilagi to remain at the club, the 27-year-old signing a new deal on Wednesday.

“This was a big decision for me to make but I am very happy to be able to stay here, I have a lot of friends here, my family is happy here and the club means a lot to me,” said Tuilagi in a Leicester statement.

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