Tuilagi free to tour South Africa
May 30, 2012
Manu Tuilagi escaped sanction for this tackle on Danny Care © Getty Images
Leicester's Manu Tuilagi is free to tour South Africa with England after he was cleared of committing a tip-tackle on Danny Care in last Saturday's Aviva Premiership final.
Tuilagi faced a three-week ban - the minimum for the offence - had the RFU committee decided the referee should have sent him off. Had that happened then he would have been ruled out of the tour.
A statement issued by the RFU last night said that a disciplinary panel "was not satisfied on the balance of probabilities that the referee was wrong in not sending the player off … Tuilagi is therefore free to continue playing".
"I'm really happy and can't wait to get to South Africa with the squad," he told the Daily Telegraph. "I thought it was a good tackle and I'd like to thank the panel for listening to what I had to say and coming to their decision. It is going to be a massive tour and I am just relieved to be able to take part."
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