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Tuilagi commits future to Tigers

England centre Manu Tuilagi has ended speculation about his future by signing a new contract with Leicester.

The 24-year-old was due to be a free agent at the end of this campaign, and he had been linked with the likes of Wasps and Saracens, but the Tigers have now tied him down on a day when four of their players penned new deals.

Tuilagi's England team-mates Ben Youngs and Freddie Burns also agreed fresh terms at Welford Road, as did the club's captain Ed Slater.

Leicester Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill said: "Manu is a world class talent and we are delighted that he sees his future with the Tigers.

"We always wanted him to stay and we always believed that he wanted to stay too.

"Manu has had very close connections to the club from a very young age and he is a part of the Tigers family. The club has been very good to him and he has shown loyalty in return in wanting to stay here."

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