Manu Tuilagi hit with citing
May 28, 2012
Manu Tuilagi's tackle on Danny Care that has resulted in a citing © Getty Images
Tuilagi was seemingly lucky to escape a yellow card in the second minute of Leicester's Premiership final defeat to Harlequins for lifting Care off the Twickenham turf in a tackle. England coach Stuart Lancaster said after their win over the Barbarians that he was "pretty confident" that Tuilagi would escape a citing, but the outside centre could now face a suspension.
Tuilagi was picked up for "a breach of Law 10.4 (j) following a report by the citing officer John Byett," according to a Rugby Football Union statement, and will find out his fate on Tuesday.
If Tuilagi is hit with a suspension then it could place his tour spot in doubt with England playing South Africa in the first Test of their five-match tour on June 9. Jonathan Joseph shone for England against the Barbarians and could benefit from Tuilagi's potential misfortune if the centre is handed a ban.
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