Tuilagi out of World Cup

Manu Tuilagi will miss the World Cup after being convicted of three charges of assault and one of criminal damage.

The England centre, who assaulted a police officer, pleaded guilty at Leicester Magistrates this week and was ordered to pay the court a total of £6,205 in fines, compensation, charges and costs.

In a statement, the RFU said England coach Stuart Lancaster had told Tuilagi that he would not be considered for England selection again until January 2016.

'I take full responsibility for my actions and unreservedly apologise to all those involved in the incident, Leicester Tigers and England,' said Tuilagi in a statement. 'It is something I deeply regret and I totally accept the sentence given by the court. The club and Stuart have been very supportive and I understand their sanctions too. I know as an England player the need to conduct myself as a good role model for the game.

'I am very disappointed because my actions have let so many people down and I can only hope for a future chance to prove myself again.'

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