AFTER being raised in New Zealand and making waves in rugby league, Denny Solomona has switched codes and international allegiances to excel for Sale Sharks and England.
The Sun revealed that the 24-year-old's former fiancée, Jess Impiazzi, is appearing in the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother – so here's the lowdown on one of rugby's hottest prospects.
Getty – Contributor Denny Solomona has become an England international after switching to rugby union
Who is Denny Solomona?
Denny Solomona was born in Auckland, New Zealand, on September 27, 1993.
After excelling in schools rugby in his homeland, he joined the Melbourne Storm rugby league franchise, graduating to the senior squad in 2013.
The following year, Solomona moved to the London Broncos Super League side, and when they were relegated he made the switch to Castleford Tigers.
In a fruitful spell with the West Yorkshire club, the wing scored an astonishing 57 tries in just 41 appearances, including a record 40 in the 2016 Super League season, and played one international for Samoa.
Getty Images – Getty Solomona qualified to play for England over a three-year residency period
In December 2016, he announced his retirement from rugby league and switched codes to union, joining Premiership outfit Sale Sharks.
The tries kept flowing, and after notching 10 in his first 11 appearances for his new club he was called up to the England squad, having qualified for selection by completing a three-year residency period.
Solomona made his international debut for his adopted nation during the 2017 summer tour of Argentina, coming on as a sub in the opening test to score the winning try.
John Clifton Denny Solomona excelled in rugby league for Castleford Tigers
How long was Denny with Jess Impiazzi?
In 2015, Solomona began dating Jess Impiazzi, a model, businesswoman and reality TV star known for her raunchy photo shoots and appearing on Ex on the Beach.
They moved in together before splitting in June 2016, but reconciled later that year and became engaged in November.
However, The Sun Online exclusively revealed how the two had split again – ending their engagement.
Alamy Solomona began dating his fiancée Jess Impiazzi in 2015
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