The Rugby Football Union (RFU) yesterday announced that Manu Tuilagi and Denny Solomona were sent home from England’s summer training camp after what is widely thought to be an alcohol-fuelled incident.
The pair were named as part of the 37-man group for a three-day training camp taking place in Teddington. The camp began last Saturday and ended yesterday and was supervised by Eddie Jones.
However, on Monday lunchtime the RFU issued a statement confirming that both players had left the squad and that England would not be making any more comments on the issue.
It is understood that both Tuilagi and Solomona took part in the full training on Saturday and Sunday but that at some point during the camp they were involved in an alcohol-related misdemeanour.
The incident happened just a few days after Jones praised the potential of Leicester Tiger’s Tuilagi. The injury-plagued centre has made just one replacement appearance for England since 2016 but Jones expressed high hopes for his future.
However, this latest off-field incident joins a growing list of indiscretions including jumping off a ferry in Auckland at the Rugby World Cup 2011 and assaulting two police officers and a taxi driver in Leicester 2015 causing him to miss the Rugby World Cup.
Last week Jones said that Tuilagi’s talent was, “worth time, worth effort and worth a lot of care” but he must now decide whether he will continue to work with the 26 year-old.
The incident is a source of even more embarrassment for England as Tuilagi was due to appear in a sponsorship announcement on Monday afternoon.
Solomona, who was born in New Zealand, made the switch from rugby league to join the Sale Sharks last season. He won his Test debut under Jones in Argentina in June after he qualified for England under residency laws.