Manu Tuilagi nails Ireland winger Jacob Stockdale with no arms cleanout 4 months ago

Manu Tuilagi nails Ireland winger Jacob Stockdale with no arms cleanout

England centre Manu Tuilagi smashed Ireland winger Jacob Stockdale with a no arms clean out during his side's 32-20 win over Ireland at Lansdowne Road on Saturday.

Tuilagi formed an effective partnership with Henry Slade in the English midfield as the visitors steamrolled their way past Joe Schmidt's side but the Leicester Tigers inside back was rather lucky to escape a penalty for a no arms clean out on Stockdale.

The match in Dublin was Tuilagi's first Six Nations start in six years and the 27-year-old rated England's win as a better victory than when his side defeated New Zealand in 2012, a comprehensive 38-21 win.

"This is a massive achievement - it's right up there for me," he told reporters after the game.

"It's the first game of the Six Nations, Ireland are the best in Europe and second in the world for a reason.

"It's probably tougher than that win against New Zealand because you don't have many teams that come to Ireland and win. It gives us a bit of momentum."