England head coach Eddie Jones has left the door open for the return of shamed duo Manu Tuilagi and Denny Solomona but they will do so with a stern warning ringing in their ears.
Having been sent packing from the last England camp back in August for returning to the team hotel drunk, the international future of the exciting pair was thrown into doubt.
Tuilagi, who has battled his way back to fitness following a knee injury and Solomona, who recently switched from the rugby league code, are both regarded as integral parts of an England squad that is bursting with talent and intent as the long preparation towards Rugby World Cup 2019 continues.
Their ejection from the camp last month sent shockwaves through the sport in England.
Now, weeks on from their ill-judged bonding session, England boss Jones has left the door open for the pair to return, insisting, via the Evening Standard, that their attitudes will determine their success or failure.
“Everybody makes bad mistakes, we’ve all done it. So we’ll just assess them at the next period in time. I’ve already met one of them face to face and if their attitude is right we’ll pick them, if not, we won’t.
“These things happen, it’s a poor choice. I understand they made a poor choice.”
Tuilagi has been dogged with disciplinary infractions throughout his career, most notably his assault of a taxi driver and two female police officers back in 2015. For Jones, however, his latest indiscretion is a first strike on the Australian’s watch.
“He’s only done it once with me, the same with Denny.
“Everybody talks about previous records but he’s only done it once with me. If he does it again he’ll be spending a lot of time in the Midlands.”
With the autumn international series against Australia, Argentina and Samoa fast approaching, both players can now look to redeem themselves in the best way possible, by making a positive difference on the pitch, instead of a bad one off it.
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