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England's Manu Tuilagi out of World Cup after pleading guilty to assaulting a police officer

Manu Tuilagi in action for Leicester earlier this season
Manu Tuilagi in action for Leicester earlier this season

England's Rugby World Cup hopes have taken a hit with the news that giant centre Manu Tuilagi will miss the tournament after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer.

Tuilagi, who was born in Samoa, has played for England since 2010 and was a member of the 2013 British and Irish Lions squad.

The Leicester man missed the bulk of the season, and the entire Six Nations, due to injury but there were hopes in the England camp that he would be back to full fitness soon and then back in their preferred World Cup staring XV.

Now that plan as been thrown out the window after yet another off-field controversy.

According to the Telegraph, Stuart Lancaster has decided not to choose the the centre after he pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer.

Tuilagi was famously in bother back in 2011 when he jumped from a ferry in Aukland and was detained by New Zealand police.

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