England centre Manu Tuilagi claims his long-awaited Test yield on Saturday was a”special day”.

The 27-year-old has been a 69th-minute replacement in England’s emphatic 37-18 win over Australia at Twickenham.

Tuilagi, who won his cap that was 27th, played in his second international game because 2014 after playing against Wales in March 2016.

“It was good to be back playing for England. It has been a long time,” the Leicester participant told BBC Radio 5 live.

“I really enjoyed it; the build-up, the process coming into the ground and seeing all of the fans, it is nice.

“The main thing that I’m really happy to be a part of is that performance, from the entire team and when we come away with a win like that, it is exciting.”

Tuilagi has endured a long list including a groin problem which ruled him out of the month’s Tests against Japan, New Zealand and South Africa.

“I didn’t do out there but only try and stick with the group’s system and also continue what Sladey [England team-mate Henry Slade] had been performing so 70 minutes.

It was loud. You just try and push do your best for your loved ones, for the ence and for yourself. I believe I could hear my little one screaming in the ence.”


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