Toronto chasing England World Cup finalist

Toronto Wolfpack are reported to be interested in England rugby union star Manu Tuilagi as they prepare for their first season in Super League.

The Canadian outfit gained promotion to Super League by defeating Featherstone Rovers in the 2019 Million Pound Game.

The Wolfpack are on the verge of completing the signing of New Zealand international Sonny Bill Williams, now the Daily Telegraph are reporting that Tuilagi is now on their radar.

Tuilagi was part of the England squad that reached the final of the Rugby World Cup – scoring three tries on the road to the final.

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The Daily Telegraph recently claimed Toronto head coach Brian McDermott was in Japan to watch the 28-year old feature against New Zealand in Yokohama.

Tuilagi, who plays for Leicester Tigers in the Gallagher Premiership, is no stranger to rugby league as he is the younger brother of former Halifax and St Helens winger Fereti  (Freddie) Tuilagi.

One unamed source told the Telegraph Sport: “A lot of NRL players are now cold-calling Brian Noble, Toronto’s director of rugby, about joining the club. The signing of Sonny Bill shows how serious the Wolfpack are in trying to crack the North American market.

“They want to sign players who are considered ‘rock stars’ in order to change the face of Super League. Manu Tuilagi is definitely next on their list.” 

The Wolfpack kick off their 2020 Betfred Super League campaign on Sunday, February 2 when they take on Catalans Dragons in a double header at Headingley, while their first game at Lamport Stadium will see them host Hull FC in round eleven on Saturday, April 18.