Aviva Premiership

Solomona weeks away from England eligibility - Diamond

Sale Sharks coach Steve Diamond says Denny Solomona will be eligible for England in the next few weeks should Eddie Jones want to call on the in-form winger.

Solomona has made a sensational start to life in the Premiership after a controversial code-switch, having previously been with Super League side Castleford Tigers.

The Tigers were unhappy to see their star talent swap codes in December and were seeking damages from the 23-year-old for what they believed was a breach of contract.

Sale denied any wrongdoing and Solomona has not let it affect his performances with eight tries in five games for the Sharks – including a hat-trick to down leaders Wasps on Sunday.

His rapid pace and finishing ability have brought him in to potential England reckoning and Diamond believes international honours are inevitable. 

"A big part of Denny coming back to rugby union was his desire to play on the massive stages and we're a bit of a stepping stone for him really," he told BT Sport.

"He signed for us for four years, but he'll become English qualified in the next three or four weeks if I'm honest. 

"And that's what you want, you want your players to come with loads of ambition to play for England and to get that development you've got to play well for a club like Sale."