RFU take action regarding Billy Vunipola, they've released a statement - Ruck

RFU take action regarding Billy Vunipola, they’ve released a statement

The RFU has officially cautioned Billy Vunipola, and this mark on his record may factor into any forthcoming disciplinary actions.

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The England No8 was detained last week in Spain while on a trip to Mallorca with Saracens.

Saracens statement read: “We condemn the behaviour and have warned Billy about his future conduct. We now look forward to the remainder of the Gallagher Premiership season, and consider this case closed.”

The RFU has now given the number 8 a formal warning.

“The RFU have reviewed the information Saracens provided following its investigation into the incident involving Billy Vunipola in Mallorca on April 27, which resulted in the club issuing him with a formal warning,” read a statement on Thursday.

“We have also considered the apologies Billy has provided, his clear contrition, and the circumstances around the incident and have concluded the most appropriate course of action is to issue a formal warning under RFU regulation 19.6.13.

“This warning will sit on his record for five years and may be relied upon in future disciplinary proceedings.

“It has been made clear to Billy that as a senior and respected player, such actions risk bringing the game as a whole into disrepute.

“In particular, such actions clearly go against the core values of rugby which collectively the sport works hard to promote.”

Sir Ian McGeechan selects his all-time England XV

You can read his full article by clicking here.


Jason Robinson: Explosive pace and agility defined Jason Robinson, a rugby league convert who became a star in union. Born July 30, 1974, in Leeds, England, he shone for England and the British and Irish Lions, notably in the 2003 World Cup triumph. Standing at 5’8″, his speed and elusive runs made him a nightmare for defenses.

David Duckham: Elegant and skilled, David Duckham graced rugby’s golden era. Born August 26, 1946, in Coventry, England, he earned 36 caps for England and represented the Lions twice. Renowned for his sidestepping and sportsmanship, Duckham’s elusive running style made him a fan favorite.

Rory Underwood: Speedster Rory Underwood’s name became synonymous with try-scoring excellence. Born June 19, 1963, in Middlesbrough, England, he earned 85 caps for England, scoring 49 tries. His blistering pace and humility endeared him to fans worldwide, inspiring generations of players

McGeechan on Robinson: “I think, as much as people loved his electric pace, his sidestep and his raw athleticism, it was his professionalism which really impressed me. When he made the transition to union, he really took the time to learn and understand what was needed.”

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Jeremy Guscott: A masterful centre, Jeremy Guscott’s silky skills and vision set him apart. Born July 7, 1965, in Bath, England, he earned 65 caps for England and Lions honors. Renowned for his ability to create try-scoring opportunities, Guscott’s contributions were pivotal in England’s successes during the 1990s.

Will Greenwood: A versatile and intelligent midfielder, Will Greenwood left an indelible mark on rugby. Born October 20, 1972, in Blackburn, England, he excelled for England and the Lions, notably in the 2003 World Cup triumph. Greenwood’s tactical acumen and ability to read the game made him a linchpin in midfield.

McGeechan on Guscott: “One of the best players I ever coached; just a confident, natural player, smooth runner, nice passer and underestimated in defence. He shut people down very effectively.”

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