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Rugby Union

Solomona has 'X-Factor' - Jones

21st April 2017, 11:08 by Craig Smithson

Denny Solomona has "that X-Factor" and has been challenged by coach Eddie Jones to become a key player for England.

The 57-year-old Australian has handed call-ups to 15 uncapped players for England's two-Test summer tour to Argentina given that 16 of his regulars have been drafted into the British & Irish Lions squad for their trip to New Zealand.

And former Samoa rugby league international Solomona, who qualifies for England on residency grounds, is one of those in the 31-man Red Rose squad.

The 23-year-old New Zealand-born wing has scored 10 tries in 13 appearances for Sale since joining in December in a cross-code move still being contested by Super League outfit Castleford Tigers.

However, Jones is keen to purely focus on Solomona's talent and believes he can become a big player for England in the future.

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

"I watched him play against Gloucester at 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 finds the line. He's got a Test coming up on June 10 and he can be a regular after that."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Craig Smithson is a journalist with over two decades of experience at the keyboard. A life-long Middlesbrough fan, Craig has an in-depth knowledge of all football and is also a keen fan of boxing amongst other sports.

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