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Solomona likely to be fit for England tour

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 1/06/2017 By Andy Sims

Denny Solomona is winning his race to be fit for England's tour to Argentina.

The Sale Sharks wing from New Zealand was a doubt for the two-Test series after suffering a foot injury during a recent training camp in Brighton.

Harlequins' Marland Yarde remains with the England squad at their Teddington HQ as cover, but head coach Eddie Jones is confident Solomona will be on the plane on Saturday evening.

"He's going well, he trained well yesterday with no repercussions so he's progressing nicely," said Jones.

"He hasn't had any discomfort from his foot. At first we were quite pessimistic about it but it's nice that it looks like he can go on tour and we can see what he can do."

Kiwi-born and raised Solomona made himself available for England in March, having previously represented Samoa in rugby league before his cross-code switch.

Jones admits the former Castleford flyer, 23, still has a lot to learn in union, but he has seen enough to be excited at his potential.

"We're only training at this stage," added Jones. "Certainly he's got a nice feel for the game and that's the thing that I noticed when he was playing for Sale - he can sniff out a try and he can score a try."

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