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Manu Tuilagi released from England training camp after more disciplinary issues

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England and Leicester Tigers center Manu Tuilagi has reportedly been sent home from the national team's current training camp as they prepare for the November autumn internationals.

According to the Daily Mail, the incident was 'alcohol-related'.

The 37-man squad assembled at Teddington for a three-day training camp on Saturday, but it has today been revealed that Tuilagi, as well Denny Solomona, have been booted out of the camp, having trained as normal on Saturday and Sunday.


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Tuilagi is regarded as one of the finest centres in the world and has proven himself to be so in the past, however, serious groin and knee issues have ravaged a promising career, meaning the former Pacific Islander has played only 17 minutes of Test rugby since Eddie Jones took.

He last started a Twickenham Test four years ago.

Solomona, meanwhile, only made his debut on the successful tour of Argentina in June.

The news is undoubtedly disappointing for all involved, especially after Eddie Jones had praised Tuilagi's ability only days earlier.

Speaking on Friday, Jones said: "He loves rugby and he wants to play for England. He loves playing for England. He wants to get back and play for the Tigers too. He is doing everything he can to get ready.

"I am impressed by his dedication. He's had a tough time – the amount of injuries he's had would be enough to knock people away.

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"We're confident he's moving in the right direction, but he's still a hell of a long way away from playing Test rugby. I've got no idea where he is really until we see him.

"But I do know he can demolish the All Blacks, so he's worth time, he's worth effort and worth a lot of care.

"I don't think anyone's done it with the Lions. No one has ripped them apart - apart from Manu."

This is not the first time Tuilagi has failed to meet disciplinary standards in his career, having missed out on the World Cup in 2015 after being charged with assaulting a police officer.

He was also forced to apologise after holding up a pair of bunny ears behind then Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to Downing Street with the Lions.

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He was also suspended from Leicester's Premiership final against Saracens after punching Chris Ashton in a previous match.

However, having worked so hard to return to fitness and force his way back into a thriving England squad, this latest disciplinary setback will be the most disappointing of them all. Eddie Jones is a hard task-master, and won't suffer such issues lightly. 

Leicester Tigers, Tuilagi's club side, also expressed their frustration at this turn of events, saying: "Leicester Tigers are disappointed to learn that Manu Tuilagi has been sent home from the England training camp."

Tuilagi is an absolute truck of a man, and his talent is unquestionable, but he simply has to fall into line if he wishes to play at the top level again.

England will play Argentina, Australia, and Samoa in the autumn internationals.

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