Castleford Tigers winger Denny Solomona has insisted that he has no interest in playing for England in the Four Nations or at any point in the future: but says he would be open to having a crack at Wayne Bennett’s side in this year’s tournament for New Zealand.
Solomona was born in Auckland but also qualifies for Samoa through his family, and therefore could play for both nations.
But the 22-year-old revealed that England is not on his wishlist, and that if the Kiwis and Stephen Kearney came calling, he’d be more than willing to try and take on England.
“But my heart’s not here, it’s not for England. I play in Super League but my heart is for New Zealand and Samoa and that’s who I’ll be representing if they ask,” he said.
“I’d love to represent Samoa while my grandparents are alive, it would mean a lot to do that, but it would be good if New Zealand came calling. I would be open to any option.”
Solomona also appeared to leave the door open on his future, but said that unless something “pops up”, he envisages being at Castleford until the end of his current deal in 2018.
“Nothing is set in stone but I’ve signed a contract for 2018 and that’s what I’ll do unless something else pops up and I’ll cross that bridge when it does,” he said.
“But at the moment, we’re just focusing on this year and hopefully we can do something and get up to that fifth spot.”