England and Sale Sharks centre Manu Tuilagi has taken up salsa dancing to aid his recovery from the Achilles injury.
Tuilagi is on course to return from injury in time for the latter stages of the Premiership season and has taken up salsa dancing to help the process. The 43-cap centre tore the tendon in September last year while in action for Sale Sharks and the severity of the knock has kept him sidelined since.
As part of his rehabilitation, Tuilagi is performing salsa and hiking as he closes in on a comeback in early May.
“Manu’s walking and learning salsa, believe it or not,” said Sale director of rugby Alex Sanderson.
“If you’re hiking and doing salsa you can’t be far off playing rugby.
“The salsa is for his ankle and a wife of one of the players is taking [coronavirus] tests because she’s able to teach him salsa, so he’s been learning that.”
“He’s going to perform for the boys in around five weeks. I haven’t watched him salsa, but he’s good with his feet for a big guy.
“I went for a 7.5km hike with him around Macclesfield Forest last Friday and he was on great form.
“We went up to the highest point of Macc Forest. He was climbing over boulders and it’s really undulating terrain, that’s why we took him. He’s got another one this Friday that’s 10km.
“It’s about seven to eight weeks for him, maybe. Definitely, he’ll play again this season. It’s good to see him up and about. He’s a good lad so he’s adding energy to the place.”