Manu Tuilagi says England were primed to perfection for their Guinness Six Nations win over Ireland.

The World Cup semi-finalists blew Ireland out off the water with a vulgar display of power with the final scoreline of 24-12 flattering the visitors, who scored two second-half tries.

"Our preparation during the week was 'mental', to say the least," the 28-year-old Samoa-born centre told RTÉ Sport.

"We knew that Ireland coming to Twickenham, they were going to bring it to us.

"You know the intensity they play with, it’s going to be even more because we are here at Twickenham so we had to prepare physically but more so mentally."

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The Leicester Tigers player, who has won six games from six against Ireland, was asked if he felt the visitors’ tactics played into their hands.

"Mainly our forwards done us the job, especially Ireland playing off 9, our forwards coming off the line and making those big hits," he said with a chuckle.

"It’s not a place where you want to be so I guess our forwards done a job for us."

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Meanwhile, England look set to be without Mako Vunipola for another phase of their Guinness Six Nations title push, but Anthony Watson could be available to strengthen the back three.

Vunipola last week travelled to Tonga for family reasons, forcing him to miss the demolition of Ireland that has kept Eddie Jones' World Cup finalists in title contention.

But the powerful loosehead prop is unlikely to return to these shores in time for the penultimate round of the Six Nations against Wales at Twickenham on Saturday week.

Watson, however, will link up with England at their three-day training camp in Oxford if he is able to demonstrate he has recovered from the calf problem that has prevented him from taking part in the championship to date.

England are well stocked for quality looseheads in the shape of Joe Marler and Ellis Genge, making Vunipola's return less urgent, but Watson can play wing or full-back and would be a valuable reinforcement.

"Mako probably won't be back for Wales. He's gone home for family business," head coach Jones said.

"Anthony's got to do a running session and if he gets through that we'll get him into camp."

Additional: PA

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