The big news in the rugby world today was that both Denny Solomona and Manu Tuilagi have been sent home from England training camp due to ‘team culture issues.’
There is plenty of speculation on social media to what ‘team culture issues’ actually means, but the fact remains, this is a huge blow to both players. In Tuilagi’s case, he has returned to fitness and looked set to be in Eddie Jones’ plans for the upcoming November internationals.
However, could the situation be more damaging for Solomona? He impressed on the Argentinian tour but England have a lot more depth on the wings than they do in the centre so Solomona really needs to be making a case for himself at all times to secure one of those coveted spots.
The RFU released a brief statement which just stated that they have been released from camp but Solomona’s club have now released a statement addressing the situation surrounding their player with quotes from Director of Rugby, Steve Diamond.
— Seán McMahon (@Sean_McMahon89) August 7, 2017
It remains to be seen what sort of punishment Solomana, and Tuilagi for that matter will receive from the RFU and their respective clubs.
Jones has no time for any disruptions which could affect his squad and he has already issued a warning to Kyle Sinckler about his future conduct as a result of being arrested on the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.
This is certainly an unwanted distraction for the clubs involved ahead of the new season which is just a few weeks away.
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