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Manu Tuilagi looks ‘scarily powerful’ as Sale centre prepares to make comeback against Bristol

Manu Tuilagi will make his long-awaited comeback on Friday and Sale believe the England centre is ready to make a ‘scary’ impact on their Premiership title challenge.

The 30-year-old, who has been out of action since rupturing his achilles in September, is likely to be on the bench against league leaders Bristol.

Sale director of rugby Alex Sanderson said: ‘Manu’s in great shape. He looks massive, not out-of-shape massive, just strong as a bull.

Sale centre Manu Tuilagi has been looking 'strong as a bull' and 'scarily powerful' in training

Sale centre Manu Tuilagi has been looking 'strong as a bull' and 'scarily powerful' in training

Sale centre Manu Tuilagi has been looking ‘strong as a bull’ and ‘scarily powerful’ in training

‘The lads did some live tackling and I had to stop him running because he was just running through them.

‘It’s exciting to see. He looked scary, scarily powerful.’

Asked if he had been holding Tuilagi back — in terms of his return — Sanderson said: ‘I couldn’t hold him back if I wanted to, the guy’s too strong!

‘We are just conscious, because he’s now fit, of chucking him in at the deep end and overloading him.’