Vunipola gets warning from rugby union

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The English Rugby Union has warned Billy Vunipola after his Spanish escapades.

The English rugby star recently appeared in court after an incident in the early hours of the morning at a bar in Palma in Majorca. Among other things, the police had to use a Tazer shock device to calm him down one morning.

Vunipola has since issued a public apology after being fined €205 (about R4 000) in court for resisting the law.

However, Vunipola was lucky to escape a fine and a ban by the English Rugby Union.

“We have considered the apologies provided by Billy, his clear remorse and the circumstances surrounding the incident and have come to the conclusion that the most appropriate course of action would be to issue a formal warning,” says the English Rugby Union.

“It was explained to Billy that such actions as a senior and respected player could potentially bring the game as a whole into disrepute.”

The warning will appear on Vunipola’s disciplinary record for five years.

The London rugby club Saracens issued a warning of their own to Vunipola after an internal investigation.

Vunipola is expected to swap Saracens for French club Montpellier at the end of the season.

RNews previously reported that Vunipola accepted he had a problem “knowing when to stop (drinking)”, while trying to explain the circumstances surrounding his drink-fuelled arrest in Majorca.

Vunipola admitted he had been drinking again for the first time since August 2022 in anticipation of his final team-building session with Saracens, given his departure from the club at the end of the season.