Eddie Jones hopes Denny Solomona bridges gap between Premiership and international rugby

Denny Solomona will tour with England this summer
Denny Solomona will tour with England this summer
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England coach Eddie Jones believes the upcoming tour of Argentina will help Sale Sharks winger Denny Solomona expose his true talent and skills.

After a controversial switch from Rugby League side Castleford Tigers to Aviva Premiership side Sale Sharks in October 2016, the 23-year-old became eligible to represent England team on residency grounds.

During his stint in the Super League, Solomona scored record tries of 40 in the 2016 season and followed it with 10 tries from 13 matches for the AJ Bell Stadium outfit this season.

Lavishing praise on Solomona's ability to find ways to score tries, Jones believes the clashes against Pumas will be a stern test for the former Samoan rugby league international.

"There's something about him, he finds the line. He has that ability when he gets the ball to score a try," Jones said.

"I watched him play against Gloucester on the weekend. He's still got a lot of work to do on his game in terms of position, but they are areas that I think we can work on.

"I think he's got that x-factor, whatever you want to call it. He scores tries and that's a winger's job.

"Wingers are like goalkeepers - a goalkeeper has so many saves to make in the game and the good goalkeeper makes those saves.

"A good winger, when they get a good opportunity, they score and if they get half an opportunity, they score and that's what he's good at.

"There's a gap between the Premiership and international rugby and he's done well at Premiership rugby but we'll find out more about him on this tour."

Contrary to the reports that Jones was looking to rest senior players for the Argentina tour, Chris Robshaw, Mike Brown, James Haskell and George Ford all are part of the 31-man squad led by Dylan Hartley.

"They're all keen to tour. If they're not keen to tour they won't play for England again, it's as simple as that," Jones said.

 

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