Thank God, he always tries for us all
Rugby hero Manu Tuilagi said the first person he thanked was God after his try had helped propel England into their first rugby world cup final for 12 years.
Tuilagi, a Catholic who currently plays rugby union for Premiership side Leicester Tigers, scored in the second minute in England’s semi-final demolition victory against three-time world champions New Zealand last weekend.
Tuilagi’s try helped the team secure an impressive 19-7 success over the All Blacks in Yokohoma.
Amid celebrations following the win, Tuilagi, who regularly attends a Catholic church in Leicester with his baby daughter Leilani, said: “It’s beyond my dreams, this. It’s an unbelievable feeling. It was amazing to get through to the semis. Standing here now and we’re in the final. I thank God. Thank God.”
England will face South Africa in the Rugby World Cup final on Saturday 2nd November, after the Springboks earned their place in the final following their 19-16 narrow victory over Wales on Sunday, 27th October.
Picture: England’s Manu Tuilagi runs at New Zealand’s Anton Lienert-Brown during the 2019 Rugby World Cup Semi Final match at International Stadium Yokohama. (David Davies/PA).