The Rugby Football Union have revealed that Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi and Sale Sharks wing Denny Solomona have been sent home from an England training camp.
The RFU refused to comment any more on the matter other than describing the players’ departure as being due to “team culture issues”.
But according to a Guardian report, Tuilagi and Solomona have been disciplined for drinking alcohol during the three-day camp in south-west London which began on Saturday.
Tuilagi’s inclusion in England coach Eddie Jones’ squad was a big talking point last week. He was included in the squad after recovering from a knee injury. The 26-year-old has played in one match under Jones – in the 2016 Six Nations – and last started at Test level in June 2014.
Solomona, 23, was called up after making his debut for England during their successful tour of Argentina in June.
Leicester issued a statement in which they expressed their disappointment at Tuilagi’s exit from the training camp.
Tigers head coach Matt O’Connor said: “This is particularly disappointing because Manu has worked so hard to get back to fitness after long-term injury and to get back into the England squad.
“This matter has been dealt with by the RFU and we will talk to Manu on his return to the club.”