UPDATE: Manu Tuilagi’s citing has been dismissed by RFU judicial officer Christopher Quinlan QC in Bristol. The result means that Tuilagi will be free to tour South Africa with England.
England and Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi had been cited for a tip tackle on Danny Care from the opening minutes Saturday’s Aviva Premiership Final.
The RFU have released a statement saying:
MANUSAMOA TUILAGI of Leicester Tigers has been cited for a ‘tip tackle’ on Harlequins’ Danny Care during the Aviva Premiership final at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday, May 27.
Tuilagi has been charged with a breach of Law 10.4 (j) following a report by the citing officer John Byett and will appear at the Bristol Filton Holiday Inn on Tuesday, May 29 (8pm). The case will be heard by a single RFU judicial officer, Christopher Quinlan QC.
The minimum entry level for tip tackle offences is three weeks, with 10 week bans given in the more serious cases as with Bradley Davies earlier in the season. Tuilagi has previous after receiving a five week ban for punching Chris Ashton in last year’s Aviva Premiership Final, tarnishing his record. A three week ban would be enough to rule him out of the tour to South Africa as he would miss both the 1st and 2nd tests.
How long should Tuilagi be banned for? You can watch the incident here.