WORCESTER Warriors boss Alan Solomons has backed “motivated” prop Nick Schonert to overcome his recent England snub and achieve his international ambitions.

Schonert wore the red rose for the first time this summer when he started in England’s 63-45 defeat to the Barbarians at Twickenham in May.

But the 26-year-old was left out of Eddie Jones’ 44-man training squad that came together earlier this month as they built towards the autumn internationals.

Solomons said it was a “disappointing” decision by Jones not to select South Africa-born Schonert who qualifies to play for England thanks to his grandmother.

But with the new season set to get under way next month Solomons reckoned the talented tighthead still had a chance to force his way into the fold.

“It’s disappointing but Sharky has got an opportunity, like everyone else that qualifies for England, to stake their claim in the first six games," Solomons said.

“He played against the Barbarians and is absolutely motivated to play for England. I think he can do it.

“Obviously that decision is made by the national coach but I certainly think he has got the capability to play international rugby.”

Schonert has made 80 appearances for Warriors since making the move from the Cheetahs in the summer of 2014.

Solomons, who arrived at Sixways during the course of last season, said he had been impressed by the rate of the front rower’s development since working with him.

“He is a very good scrummager and his play around the field has improved immensely,” Solomons said.

“Looking just over the time when I arrived in mid-October until the end of the season his improvement was discernible.”

While Schonert missed out on the three-day training camp in Teddington injured centre Ben Te’o and uncapped hooker Jack Singleton were both selected.

Singleton featured for the second successive year against the Barbarians before being called up as injury cover during England’s tour to South Africa this summer.

But the 22-year-old is still awaiting his first senior cap for his country.

“To be around an international set-up only stands you in good stead,” said Solomons on Singleton.

“Jack went to South Africa. He didn’t get on the pitch but it was good for him to be part of that touring party.

“It was fantastic for him and for the club as well as we want as many people playing for England as possible.”

Te’o, 31, was ruled out of the three-test series against the Springboks due to a quad injury which required surgery but is now battling to be fit in time for the new season.

“Benni is doing more and more but could not take a full part (in training),” Solomons added.