*UPDATED November 11, 2011 9:35PM (see below for more details)
The English team are to set to arrive home after their quarter final exit in the Rugby World Cup with yet another scandal following in their wake.
Skipper Lewis Moody blatantly disregarded IRB law and wore a branded mouthguard in their final match against France. You would think that after Tuilagi was fined for the same offense only just over a week ago, Moody would have known the consequence!
It smacks of total arrogance and has no place in rugby!
You would also think that after the other scandals surrounding this team they would have learnt from this kind of behaviour and not repeated it! Perhaps it’s ingrained in their team culture and is inevitably part of the reason why they are now on their way home!
The English team’s list of transgressions during their RWC campaign (lads holiday);
- A group of players have a drunken night out at the Altitude Bar in Queenstown and activities included dwarf throwing. Recently married Mike Tindall is also seen cozying up to a mystery blonde (all caught on CCTV). Tindall is forced to issue an apology after admitting he lied about visiting a second bar. Zara Phillips heads to NZ early to chaperone her husband.
- Coaches Dave Alred and Paul Stridgeon are banned for one match after illegally switching the ball for two of Jonny Wilkinson’s conversion attempts during the victory over Romania.
- Johnson reprimands James Haskell, Chris Ashton and Dylan Hartley for alleged comments to Annabel Newton, who worked at their Dunedin hotel.
- Manu Tuilagi is fined £5,000 by the IRB for wearing an illegal mouthguard bearing a sponsor’s name.
- Tuilagi is detained and given a warning by Auckland police after jumping off a ferry and swimming to a pier. The RFU fine him £3,000.
- Tindall is caught wearing another branded mouthguard.
*UPDATE – The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has today announced disciplinary action regarding breaches of the England Elite Player Squad Agreement during the 2011 Rugby World Cup, details are below:
- Mike Tindall has been removed from the England Elite Player Squad with immediate effect and fined £25,000 for his conduct around the events that took place in Queenstown on the night of Sunday, September 11, 2011
- Chris Ashton has been fined £5,000 (fine suspended until December 31, 2012), for his part in the events in Dunedin on Friday, September 9, 2011 and warned as to his future conduct
- James Haskell has been fined £5,000 (fine suspended until December 31, 2012), for his part in the events in Dunedin on Friday, September 9, 2011 and warned as to his future conduct
- Dylan Hartley has been cleared of being involved in the exchange of inappropriate language which led to allegations of wrongdoing against himself, Chris Ashton and James Haskell, in Dunedin on Friday, September 9, 2011