Tuilagi is included after injury as Tigers resume league action with the Round 14 trip to Kingsholm. While all eyes will be on the Six Nations, Eddie Jones will be sure to be monitoring how the blockbusting centre goes.
It is the latest in a long line of injury comebacks for Tuilagi, who has played precious little rugby in the last 24 months. If he is to force his way back into the England side for the 2019 Rugby World Cup, he will need to demonstrate the ability to stay fit over the course of the next 18 months.
Brendon O’Connor makes his 50th appearance for the club since his arrival in November 2015.
“Having Telusa and Manu back has been a real positive around the place and gives us more options in the backline,” said head coach Matt O’Connor.
“We have a big challenge and we have to make sure we are bang-on for Saturday. The competition is still very tight and every point will be at a premium.”
Leicester Tigers (v Gloucester, away, Saturday 2.30pm)
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