England star Tuilagi detained after jumping off ferry
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.