The RFU has taken action over the exploits in New Zealand of some of the England players.
Mike Tindall has been fined £25,000 and thrown out of the England squad for his part in the Queenstown drinking debacle, whilst Chris Ashton and James Haskell were given suspended fines of £5,000 each for the episode in the Dunedin hotel. Dylan Hartley has been cleared of any wrongdoing.
When he picked up the World Cup winners’ medal in 2003, this probably isn’t how Tindall thought he would be remembered, but it looks like he’ll not play again for England.
Rob Andrew said, “Mike Tindall’s actions reached a level of misconduct that was unacceptable in a senior England player and amounted to a very serious breach of the EPS Code of Conduct. Whilst we acknowledge his previous good character it needs to be made clear that what he did will not be tolerated.”
And slightly comically, he goes on to say, “these episodes and the subsequent disciplinary action should stand as a strong reminder that the highest standards of personal conduct are expected from any England player on and off the field.”
What are your thoughts on the sanctions? And who will take Tindall’s place in the squad?