In another twist to the ongoing saga between Rugby clubs Sale Sharks (union) and Castleford Tigers (League) over Samoan international winger Danny Solomona, Sale’s director of Rugby, Steve Diamond, now claims Solomona was “fired” by Castleford before he signed for Sale. Previously, it was documented that Solomona had officially resigned from Castleford Tigers after they turned down a substantial offer from the rugby union outfit.
The 23-year-old winger had just finished his best ever season, where he topped the Super League try scorer’s table with a record breaking 42 tries in 29 games; helping Castleford to within a hair of a semi -final place; and earning himself a nomination of the Super League’s Man of Steel award as their best player.
In October this year, Sale officially approached Castleford regarding the possible sale of Solomona, which was quickly rejected and they were informed that Castleford had no intention of selling one of their prized assets just one year into a three-year contract. After failing to return to preseason training in November, he officially retired the following week and was registered with Sale Sharks within the next two weeks. He made his official debut in the 24-10 defeat to Saracens on December 18th this year playing alongside former Wigan Warriors RLFC Josh Charnley and scored his first try in the 24-5 defeat to Northampton last week.
Castleford have since instructed London Barrister Nick Randell QC and Leeds based sports lawyer Richard Cramer to represent them in legal actions against both Denny Solomona and Sale Sharks in what could become a standout case in the relationship between the two codes.
With regards to this week’s new claims, Castleford were instructed not to comment.