Tuilagi set for Leicester talks
October 11, 2011
Manu Tuilagi will meet with Leicester officials © Getty Images
England centre Manu Tuilagi is set for talks with Leicester officials after his Rugby World Cup ended in a disciplinary mess.
The 20-year-old midfielder spent an hour at Auckland Central police station on Sunday and was given a formal pre-charge warning for disorderly behaviour after jumping from a ferry into the harbour.
Tuilagi, who was fined £3,000 by the Rugby Football Union (RFU), landed back in England with the rest of the squad on Tuesday following their quarter-final exit to France last weekend.
"As a club we are very mindful of the image of the game and the effect that our players' actions have on our fans and sponsors," Tigers' chief operating officer Simon Cohen told the Leicester Mercury.
"We will have a chat with Manu when he gets back to the club. It would be wrong to pre-judge any of the issues until we have spoken to him and seen what has been involved.
"But we will sit down with him and take into account the need to protect the image of the game, while also recognising any investigation and punishment that has been meted out in New Zealand. It would be a shame if anyone remembers Manu Tuilagi's time in New Zealand for anything other than what happened on the pitch."
Meanwhile, England skipper Lewis Moody could be slapped with a hefty fine after becoming the latest player to allegedly wear a branded mouthguard at the World Cup, following in the footsteps of Tuilagi and his brother, Samoa wing Alesana.
The Bath flanker could be fined £4800 if he is found to have breached tournament rules in Saturday's defeat by France, the International Rugby Board (IRB) has confirmed. An RFU spokesman said that England had not yet received any communication on the matter from the IRB.
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
Huw Richards assesses where Wales are after a mixed Six Nations, with front row seats still very much available for the World Cup
John Mitchell lapped up the action on 'Sensational Saturday' - but warns not to expect a repeat come Rugby World Cup time later this year
Craig Dowd warns England, Ireland and Wales they should play to their strengths rather than those of the All Blacks and the Wallabies
Tom Hamilton runs the rule over just where the six countries stand ahead of the global gathering in September