Manu Tuilagi could be on way out of Leicester after contract ‘deadline’ passes

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Manu Tuilagi could be heading out of English rugby after failing to agree terms with Leicester on an amended contract.

England duo George Ford and Ellis Genge were among those who left their decision until ‘deadline day’ to finally put pen to paper.

But Tuilagi is understood to have rejected a revised deal and, barring a change of heart from either party, is likely to leave the 10-time English champions.

That prospect will alert the wealthy clubs of France and Japan who have long coveted the 29-year-old England and Lions centre.

George Ford (above) and Ellis Genge (below) have re-committed to Tigers

A year ago Tuilagi signed a contract extension at Welford Road, but only after rejecting a bumper £2.5 million offer to join Racing 92 in France.

At the time he said: ”I love the club and I want to repay the loyalty they have shown me in my time here.”

Both Genge and Ford are set to take pay cuts, though prop Genge has had another year added to his contract.

Going their separate ways? Ford (left) is staying at Welford Road but Tuilagi could be off

In stark contrast to the brinkmanship at Leicester, Tigers’ great East Midlands rivals Northampton confirmed last night that all their stars had recommitted their futures to the club.

These include England squad quintet Courtney Lawes, Lewis Ludlam, Piers Francis, George Furbank and Alex Mitchell as well as Wales fly-half Dan Biggar.

Kyle Sinckler starts life as a Bristol player today admitting that he owes his elevated status in the game to a pub conversation with Wales legend Adam Jones.

Kyle Sinckler (2nd left) starts life as a Bristol player today

The now former Harlequins tighthead told how a no-nonsense chat with Jones, whilst the pair sat in a bar watching England lose to Wales at the 2015 World Cup, proved a ‘turning point’ in his career.

“I always had that burning desire to play for England but I was always looking externally,” Sinckler revealed on Maro Itoje’s podcast, Pearl Conversations .

“Then something switched and I’ll never forget this moment, even though we’d had a few beers. Adam said to me, ‘Mate, if you want to play for England you kind of need to buck your ideas up’.

George Furbank (left) and Dan Biggar are among 19 Saints to agree new deals with Northampton

“One of the greatest props to play in the position identified that I could definitely play at international level and be one of the world’s best, but I needed to get serious.

“That pushed me in the right direction. There was a 100 per cent change in my professionalism thereafter.

“It comes down to the people you surround yourself with. If you surround yourself with jokers you’re going to become a joker.”



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