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Saturday 25 February 2017

England star Tuilagi detained after jumping off ferry

Alex Lowe in Auckland

England rugby international Manu Tuilagi has been detained by Auckland police after jumping from a ferry as it was about to berth.

Tuilagi (20) swam to a nearby pier at the Auckland Ferry Terminal where he was met by police and taken to Auckland Central Police Station.

The Leicester centre was given a pre-charge warning for disorderly behaviour before being released back to the England team management, who were said to have been "a little bit embarrassed".

Noreen Hegarty, a spokeswoman for the Auckland police, would not confirm the identity of the player but it is understood to be Tuilagi.

Ms Hegarty said: "A member of the England rugby team at 6.48pm yesterday (New Zealand time) jumped overboard from a ferry just before it was about to berth at the terminal in Auckland and he swam to a nearby pier.

"He was then detained by police and given a pre-charge warning for disorderly behaviour and he was then collected by his team management."

It has been reported that Tuilagi was returning from a day trip to Waiheke Island with fellow England teammates. Tuilagi was England's most impressive player in their 19-12 World Cup quarter-final defeat to France at Auckland's Eden Park on Saturday.

Neither the police nor the Rugby Football Union (RFU) would confirm whether Tuilagi was drunk at the time he jumped.

Irish Independent

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