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England rugby star fined over ferry leap

The England rugby players and team management will begin to arrive back in the UK today amid further off-field problems.

Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi was detained by Auckland police after jumping from a ferry as it was about to berth.

Tuilagi (20) swam to a nearby pier where he was met by police.He was given a pre-charge warning for disorderly behaviour before being released back to the England team management, who were said to have been "a little bit embarrassed".

Tuilagi, England's most impressive player in their 19-12 World Cup quarter-final defeat to France on Saturday, was apparently returning from a day trip to Waiheke Island with his team-mates.

It was not known if he was drunk at the time he jumped from the ferry.

Tuilagi was later fined f3,460 by the Rugby Football Union. The money will be paid to the World Cup's Christchurch appeal. Meanwhile, Tuilagi has apologised for his actions.

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