England captain Dylan Hartley feels Manu Tuilagi and Denny Solomona can still be recalled to the England squad after their recent axing from a pre-season training camp.
Hartley said Leicester centre Tuilagi and Sale wing Solomona “let us down” when they broke England’s code of conduct. The breach is rumoured to have been linked to alcohol consumption.
Both players were sent home by head coach Eddie Jones on Monday, August 7.
Many believe their Test careers could be over, but hooker Hartley believes both stars can still make a comeback.
“We’re a team and as a team we set our own standards off the field,” he told Press Association Sport.
“And ultimately those guys let us down in that area. We’re a team and we’ve got a code of conduct that we adhere to.
“The team dealt with it and I’m sure those players will have their heads down and be working hard now to get back in the picture, because they are good players, and both of them are worth having in your side.”
Hartley also praised Jones’ decision to remove Tuilagi and Solomona from England’s camp. However, he did insist that the duo’s reaction to their exile will define their futures and not the disciplinary lapse itself.