Tuilagi warned by police after jumping off ferry in Auckland
England rugby international Manu Tuilagi has been formally warned by police after jumping from a ferry and swimming ashore in Auckland.
Tuilagi, 20, is understood to have swum a short distance to the Auckland Ferry Terminal, were he was met by police and taken to the Auckland central police station.
Police spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty would not confirm the identity of the player in question, but the English Rugby Football Union has since revealed it was Samoan-born Tuilagi.
"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 ferry terminal in Auckland and he swam to a nearby pier," Hegarty said.
"He was then detained by police and given a pre-charge warning for disorderly behaviour and he was collected by his team management."
Tuilagi, who plays club rugby for Leicester Tigers, was returning from a day trip to Waiheke Island with team-mates.
The RFU would not confirm whether alcohol had been involved.
England were knocked out of the Rugby World Cup with a 19-12 defeat to France in the quarter-finals on Saturday.
Tuilagi had already been fined 4,800 pounds by the International Rugby Board for wearing an mouthguard carrying an unapproved sponsor logo during the pool stages.
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