Tuilagi hoping Lancaster gets England role

LEICESTER centre Manu Tuilagi remains hopeful that England’s interim head coach Stuart Lancaster will be appointed on a permanent basis by the Rugby Football Union.

Tuilagi, who scored the opening try in last weekend’s victory over France in Paris, said: “Personally I hope he gets the job, but that’s not my decision to make.”

Phil Dowson, meanwhile, has been retained in a 24-man England squad ahead of Saturday’s clash with Ireland despite being knocked out by Wesley Fofana during the win in Paris.