"Huge fine" - Former England lock Courtney Lawes has been banned from driving - Ruck

“Huge fine” – Former England lock Courtney Lawes has been banned from driving

Northampton Saints rugby star Courtney Lawes has been handed a six-month driving ban after pleading guilty to speeding on the M1 motorway.

Court documents revealed that Mr. Lawes was driving a Bentley Bentayga V8 when it was captured by speed cameras traveling at 73mph in a temporary 40mph zone between junctions 15 and 14 southbound at 2 am on June 13, 2023.

Magistrates required Mr. Lawes to attend Wellingborough court on March 8, 2024, where the 35-year-old was instructed to pay a total of £2,422. This sum includes a fine of £1,666 along with a £666 surcharge aimed at supporting victim services.

Additionally, he received six penalty points on his driving record, pushing him beyond the threshold for disqualification under the ‘totting up’ system. Offenders accumulating 12 points within a three-year timeframe face potential disqualification unless exceptional circumstances are present.

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Highest-paid rugby players:

Breaking records and raising eyebrows, these players are leading the charge in the financial stakes of rugby union. Here’s the rundown of the top earners in the game according to The Scotsman:

Siya Kolisi – £850,000

The South African skipper boasts an impressive resume with two Rugby World Cup triumphs and a commendable third-place finish. At French powerhouse Racing 92, Kolisi has been commanding a salary of £850,000, but with the recent arrival of Owen Farrell, he might be eyeing a bump in his paycheck.

Siya Kolisi, Captain of South Africa during the Test Match between New Zealand and South Africa at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on August 25th 2023. – PHOTO: Phil Mingo/PPAUK

Faf De Klerk – £900,000

De Klerk, another key figure in South Africa’s World Cup-winning squad, has made his mark in Japan. Playing for the Yokohama Canon Eagles, he’s banking a cool £900,000 annually, showcasing the global appeal of rugby’s top talents.

Faf de Klerk of Sale Sharks during the Gallagher Premiership match between Exeter Chiefs and Sale Sharks at Sandy Park on 6 March 2022. Photo: Phil Mingo/PPAUK