Lawes punished for mouthguard breach
Northampton lock Courtney Lawes has become the third England player to be fined for wearing a branded mouthguard at the Rugby World Cup.
Lawes joins Manu Tuilagi and captain Lewis Moody in being sanctioned by the International Rugby Board for breaching the tournament's commercial regulations.
Tuilagi was fined 4,800 pounds and England received a warning about future breaches.
While the amount Moody and Lawes were fined has not been disclosed, it is believed to be double the sanction imposed on Tuilagi.
According to the English Rugby Football Union, the players' use of the unapproved mouthguards were oversights and not intentional.
The fine for Lawes is the latest incident in a catalogue of transgressions by England, who exited the World Cup following a 19-12 defeat to France in the quarter-finals.
Players including stand-in captain Mike Tindall were pictured drunk on a dwarf-themed night out in Queenstown, while James Haskell, Chris Ashton and Dylan Hartley made public apologies after directing lewd comments toward a female hotel worker in Dunedin.
The England management were forced to stand down two coaches after they intentionally swapped match balls in an attempt to assist the kicking of Jonny Wilkinson.
And Tuilagi was cautioned by police after jumping off an Auckland ferry and swimming ashore following a day trip with other members of the squad.
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