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Eddie Jones Explains The “Beauty” Of Denny Solomona

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England’s summer Tour to Argentina is undoubtedly exciting. The two Test matches against the Pumas over the coming weeks provides a perfect opportunity for the many uncapped players and up and coming youngsters to get a taste of international Test rugby. 

One only needs to take a look through the squad which has been announced to get an idea of the exciting, young talent which Eddie Jones has at his disposal.

There was doubt surrounding Denny Solomona as he is currently suffering from a foot injury which is why Marland Yarde was drafted in as potential injury cover. Speaking to the media this afternoon, Jones gave a positive update on Solomona’s progress.

“He’s [Solomona] going well, trained well yesterday with no repercussions so he’s progressing nicely. We expect him to go on tour.”

When asked about Solomona’s development, Jones was full of praise for the 23-year-old.

“Certainly he’s got a nice feel for the game and that’s the thing that I noticed when he was playing for Sale – he can sniff out a try and he can score a try.

“He does that at training now – he’s scored a couple of cracking tries at training where he just sees the opportunity at training, takes it and makes the right decision. He’s got enough gas to turn that opportunity into points and that’s the opportunity into points and that’s the beauty of him.”

However, as is the case with Jones, he’s a hard man to please and he warned that Solomona still has a lot of work to do with regards to his defensive duties to reach the required level. Jones states that defending as a winger in union is much different to that of league and that it is something which Solomona will hopefully get to grips with in due course.

“He’s going to have to learn a lot of work off the ball because the role of a winger in rugby compared to the role of a winger in rugby league is massively different in terms of covering the back field.”

Jones is clearly a fan of Solomona but the Auckland-born rugby league convert will have a lot of hard work to do if he is to convince Jones that he can cut it in an extremely competitive England team.

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