“Team culture issues”: Tuilagi and Solomona are sent home from England camp

Manu Tuilagi has not completed the three-day training camp at Teddington with England, after being sent home for disciplinary reasons according to the Rugby Football Union (RFU).

Tuilagi and fellow teammate, Denny Solomona, have reportedly clashed with fellow members in the England set-up over “culture issues”.

It’s another poor moment in the Leicester man’s international career which has been hampered by injury and other disciplinary warnings.

Tuilagi has not played for England since March 2016, and started the training camp well, following heavy praise from manager Eddie Jones who was speaking the BBC:

“If he’s fit and ready to go, we’ll play him. He demolished New Zealand before, and if he’s fit and he’s got the right desire, then he’s always got a chance to get selected for us.

“He’s got a number of club games to show us whether he is going to be right or not. This camp is about getting players organised mentally for the season, so it’s important to have Manu there.”

This most recent disciplinary means the pair will not be featuring at a new kit launch scheduled for Monday afrernoon.

For 23-year-old, Denny Solomona, it’s a sour moment for the young international who enjoyed an excellent summer tour of Argentina.

The RFU have said they will not be making any further comment for the time being, but the clash involving Tuilagi and Solomona  reportedly occurred in the Lensbury Hotel.

More to follow…