Manu Tuilagi is not the only England international attracting interest from the other side of the Channel, according to the French rugby website Le Rugbynistere.

The site claims that Racing 92 president Jacky Lorenzetti also has the name of Ben Te’o on his wanted list. The 32 year old Worcester Warriors centre may be a second option for Racing, should Tuilagi decide that his future lies elsewhere.

Te’o, who was born in New Zealand, has a Samoan father and an English mother. He played rugby league for several teams in Australia. Te’o signed off in the 13 man game when he helped South Sydney Rabbitohs to victory in the 2014 NRL Grand Final. 

Later that year, he switched codes and moved to the Northern Hemisphere after joining Leinster. He subsequently made the switch to Worcester. He has earned 16 caps for England as well as touring with the British & Irish Lions two years ago.   

It was an injury to Te’o that allowed Tuilaigi to return to the England set up in the Guinness Six Nations opener against Ireland. 

Speculation over Tuilagi’s future intensified amid claims that he met club officials at Racing 92 this week. The sports daily L’Equipe stated that the player had travelled to Paris on Monday. He is said to have visited the impressive facilities at the U Arena. 

The two England internationals are among the players Lorenzetti sees as a replacement for Joe Rokocoko who will retire at the end of the season. The All Black veteran has played at both wing and centre during his four seasons at the club.


Written by Colin Renton