Tuilagi, Solomona sent home from England camp


Manu Tuilagi and Denny Solomona have been sent home from England’s preseason training camp following “team culture issues”.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) released a two-line statement on Monday morning announcing the news but have declined to comment further.

Press Association Sport has reported that the pair have been disciplined for drinking alcohol during the three-day camp.

Tuilagi had been a surprise inclusion in the 37-man squad, with coach Eddie Jones urging the Leicester centre to rediscover the form that saw him “demolish” the All Blacks in 2012.

It is not the first time that Tuilagi has found himself in trouble with the RFU. In 2011, he was detained by police in New Zealand after diving into the harbour following England’s exit from the Rugby World Cup, while he was not considered for selection four years later after he was convicted of assaulting two female police officers and a taxi driver.

His indiscretion comes less than two days after Jones warned Kyle Sinckler over his future conduct after he was arrested while on British & Irish Lions duty, and urged his players to learn from the prop’s mistake.

Solomona, meanwhile, made his England debut during the 2-0 series win in Argentina in June.