Reckless Tuilagi to miss SA tour?
29 May 2012
England centre Manu Tuilagi has been cited for a tip tackle and may not be able to play in England’s three Tests against South Africa.
The Leicester midfielder has been charged with a breach of law 10.4 following a report by the citing officer on duty at Saturday’s Premiership final between the Tigers and Harlequins.
The incident occurred in the opening minutes of the match and if Tuilagi is found guilty he could miss England’s tour to South Africa next month.
The case will be heard by Christopher Quinlan QC in Bristol on Tuesday night. Quinlan will also need to take Tuilagi’s poor disciplinary record into account when making the judgement.
Tuilagi was fined for jumping off a ferry in Auckland harbour last October after England were knocked out of the World Cup. A few months prior to that incident, Tuilagi missed the Premiership final because of a ban for punching.
His exclusion would serve to deny England a potent attacking weapon. England will also be without forwards Tom Croft, Tom Wood and Courtney Lawes.