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Solomona court case set to be adjourned

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/02/2017 By Ian Laybourn

A court case to hear English rugby league club Castleford's legal action against New Zealand player Denny Solomona is set to be adjourned, raising the prospect of an out-of-court settlement.

Castleford are seeking damages against the ex-Melbourne Storm squad member, as well as Sale and Solomona's agent Andy Clarke, for allegedly inducing a breach of contract after the Auckland-born winger failed to report for pre-season training in November.

The Super League are thought to be claiming STG500,000 ($NZ867,000) for Solomona who scored a record 40 Super League tries in 2016 and still had two years left on his contract.

Solomona retired from rugby league and signed a three-year contract with English club Sale in December.

The Tigers have appointed leading London barrister Nick Randall QC - whose other clients include England captain Wayne Rooney - and Leeds-based sports lawyer Richard Cramer to fight their case, which was expected to begin in the High Court in Leeds on Friday.

However, Press Association Sport understands the case will be adjourned and that the two parties have opened settlement negotiations.

The 23-year-old Solomona, who began his rugby league career with Melbourne and also played for London Broncos before joining Castleford two years ago, has made a blistering start to his rugby union career and on Sunday became the first player to score a try in each of his first five games in the Premiership.

His first-half hat-trick helped Sale topple leaders Wasps with a fifth consecutive win and prompted former England international Austin Healey to suggest he is good enough to play for England.

He is also an outside tip to make the British and Irish Lions squad.

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