World Cup: Tuilagi brother gets matching mouthguard fine

By NZ Herald staff

England centre Manu Tuilagi and the mouthguard that got him into trouble during the match between England and Georgia in Dunedin. Photo / Brett Phibbs
England centre Manu Tuilagi and the mouthguard that got him into trouble during the match between England and Georgia in Dunedin. Photo / Brett Phibbs

English player Manu Tuilagi has been fined $10,000 for wearing a sponsored mouthguard during the Rugby World Cup.

It is the second fine implemented by the IRB after his brother Alesana - who plays for Samoa - received a similar fine.

Manu wore the guard bearing a sponsor's name during England's first two games of the World Cup, when they went up against Argentina and Georgia.

His brother - Samoan winger Alesana Tualagi - wore a similar offending non-approved mouth guard in that side's 27-7 win over Fiji.

He was also fined $10,000.

The IRB said in a statement the team kit rules are "well understood by the participating teams and are in line with other major sporting events".

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