Tuilagi out of England's 6 Nations defense with fresh injury

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Leicester Tigers Manu Tuilagi in action.

Leicester Tigers Manu Tuilagi in action. (Photo: Nigel French/PA via AP, File)

LONDON (AP) — Manu Tuilagi will miss the rest of the rugby season with a knee injury, ruling the injury-plagued center out of the England's Six Nations title defense.

Leicester says Tuilagi tore a ligament in Sunday's domestic Premiership game against Saracens.

The 24-year-old Tuilagi has had severe groin trouble over the last two years and only managed one replacement appearance for England in 2016.

Leicester says Tuilagi is facing a six-month recovery period so is likely to be out of contention for the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand in June and July.

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