England fine Tuilagi for NZ ferry jump

by Alfie FEATHERSTONE on October 10, 2011

Rugby player Manu Tuilagi has been warned by police, and also fined £3,000 by rugby officials, after he jumped from a ferry in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, on Sunday.
The player, aged 20, was detained by police after he swam a short distance to the pier at the city’s ferry terminal. At a press conference, Tuilagi said that he was sorry and had done a silly thing. He also apologised to everyone for any inconvenience that was caused. The RFU, or Rugby Football Union, wouldn’t comment on whether or not any alcohol was involved in Sunday’s incident.

At a separate press conference, the ferry general manager said that it was an extremely dangerous stunt that could have resulted in tragic consequences as Tuilagi did a jump off the back of the boat he was on while it began reversing. After getting knocked out of the World Cup at the quarter-final stage by France on Saturday, the squad left for home the day after the incident. Speaking on it, Martin Johnson, the coach, said that his player acted irresponsibly and has been disciplined internally while also having been warned about his future conduct. The fine is going to be paid to the Christchurch earthquake appeal. An Auckland Police spokeswoman confirmed that a member of the England squad jumped off a ferry and then swam a short distance to the pier at the terminal around 6.48pm last night.

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