Further details of the incident that saw Manu Tuilagi and Denny Solomona ejected from the England camp have emerged.
Yesterday a short statement issued by the RFU read: “Denny Solomona and Manu Tuilagi have been sent home today from England’s training camp following team culture issues. We will not be commenting further.”
Gerard Meagher writing in the Guardian reports this morning that the England team went for a team meal on Sunday evening, after which they returned to the team hotel in Teddington.
However the report claims that both Tuilagi and Solomona then left the hotel once again, before returning to the hotel in the early hours of Monday morning – both apparently drunk.
It is not thought there was an altercation between the pair as had been reported yesterday.
The pair were then sent home by a furious Eddie Jones the following morning before a training session. Many commentators believe that this latest incident could see the end of Manu Tuilagi’s England career – a career that to date has been dogged by both injury and off field incident.
Yesterday Leicester Tigers released a statement.
“Leicester Tigers are disappointed to learn that Manu Tuilagi has been sent home from the England training camp.
“Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor said: “This is particularly disappointing because Manu has worked so hard to get back to fitness after long-term injury and to get back into the England squad.
“This matter has been dealt with by the RFU and we will talk to Manu on his return to the club.”
Meanwhile Sharks Director of Rugby Steve Diamond said, “This is disappointing news because Denny has worked so hard since joining the club last December. He hasn’t had much time off and his performances earned him a place on the recent England tour to Argentina.”
This matter has been dealt with by the RFU and I will speak to Denny on his return to Carrington.”
Danny Care also alluded to the incident in an interview with Sky Sports.