By James Ayles For Mailonline
Published: 12:46 GMT, 1 February 2019 | Updated: 12:58 GMT, 1 February 2019
Manu Tuilagi underwent final preparations ahead of making his first Six Nations start since 2013 in England's tournament opener against Ireland on Saturday.
The in-form Leicester centre took part in the captain's run as England's squad ran through drills and exercises in front of head coach Eddie Jones before their tournament opener.
Tuilagi has been plagued by injury since last starting for England in defeat by New Zealand in 2014, making just two appearances as replacement.
Centre Manu Tuilagi will make his first Six Nations start since 2013 against Ireland in Dublin
Having recovered from a thumb operation, Owen Farrell will lead England out as captain
Eddie Jones has backed Tuilagi to fill the shoes of the injured Worcester centre Ben Te'o
Yet, with Ben Te'o injured, the Samoa-born back has been offered the chance to resurrect his international career against the reigning Six Nations champions.
They face a difficult task to beat the team who inflicted upon them a first Twickenham defeat in two-and-a-half years in the final game of last year's tournament.
That victory ensured Ireland would scoop the Grand Slam, and they remain heavy favourites both to retain their title and