I know the title doesn’t work that well but it was all I could think of this morning.
Denny Solomona has now qualified to play for England and has indicated that he would be interested –
He joins other players who have completed residency requirements as set out in the World Rugby rules.
There is likely to be a change in these rules later this year with the qualification period increasing from 3 to probably 5 years. Augustin Pichot, who is Vice Chairman to Bill Beaumont made it a priority when he was elected.
The RFU and FFR have already indicated that they support the move and the RFU have said that they may introduce their own 5 year rule if it is not approved at the WR council meeting in May
Despite the ongoing problem with Solomona’s move from Castleford to Sale Sharks – the League side are suing for compensation – his try scoring exploits since the move have been impressive. He scored 11 tries in his first 12 matches for the Sharks.
The RFU will no doubt be accused of hypocrisy if he is selected for England – possibly on the Summer tour to Argentina.
I suspect that Eddie Jones will have no qualms in picking him if he decides it’s the right move for his long term plan.
Eddie’s job is to try and win at Japan 2019 – Solomona qualifies for England – it is not his fault that the rules may change.
If you’ve seen him play (and you’re English) I imagine you’ll agree.
If you’re still not sure here’s 40 reasons why Sale wanted him –
After all Eddie loves ‘finishers’