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BC-RGU--England-Vunipola Warned

April 16, 2019
England has issued a formal warning to Billy Vunipola for defending an anti-gay Instagram post by Australia rugby player Israel Folau. The Rugby Football Union says the No. 8 regretted his comments. The RFU says Vunipola’s conduct was “prejudicial to the interests of the game” and that he understood he had caused “hurt and offense.”

LONDON (AP) — England has issued a formal warning to Billy Vunipola for defending an anti-gay Instagram post by Australia rugby player Israel Folau, and said the No. 8 regretted his comments.

Following a meeting with the player, the Rugby Football Union said Vunipola’s conduct was “prejudicial to the interests of the game” and that he understood he had caused “hurt and offense.”

The RFU says Vunipola was “reminded of his responsibilities as an England player and as an ambassador for the game, which values inclusivity and respect.”

Vunipola was also warned about his conduct by his English club, Saracens, on Monday, though he stopped short of offering an apology, saying his beliefs are “a source of great strength, comfort and guidance in my life.”

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