Denny Solomona wants to join the New Zealand franchise
Former Sale Sharks and England winger Denny Solomona has returned to New Zealand and is keen to join a Super Rugby side for the coming season.
The 28-year-old, who parted ways with Sale Sharks at the end of last year, has returned to his native New Zealand and hopes to continue his career in the 15-man code.
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Solomona joined Sale Sharks in 2016 when he left rugby league side Castleford Tigers and extended his stay in the Premiership team in 2018 when he signed a four-year contract after impressive performances.
He has now revealed his ambitions to continue his career with one of New Zealand’s franchises at Super Rugby level.
“I’ve reached a point in my career where something is missing,” Solomona told the NZ Herald. “I have an itch on my back that I never scratched and that keeps coming home.
“The competition is fierce. Anyone who knows rugby knows Super Rugby. It would be great to go back and find where I came from and play against the boys I grew up with.
Solomona played in five Tests for England in 2017 and under recent World Rugby rule changes he would be eligible to represent New Zealand or Samoa in the Testing arena – something he is keen to explore.
“Aspiration is there to play in a World Cup,” Solomona said. “The eligibility rules have changed, but I have to earn my spot. Just because I say I’m excited doesn’t mean you’re going in right away.
“I want to perform well and start loving my rugby more and being around my family.”
Although New Zealand squads for the 2022 Super Rugby Pacific tournament have already been named, there is a possibility that Solomona could be added to a franchise as injury cover.