ENGLAND No 8 Billy Vunipola has been given a formal warning by RFU chiefs following a homophobic comment he made on his Instagram account last week.
The 26-year-old posted a message in support of disgraced Australian rugby star Israel Folau who stated that homosexuals and other “sinners” were destined for hell.
The Aussie ace was subsequently sacked over his remarks where he refused to apologise over his actions.
Vunipola defended Folau’s initial post, as he said: “Man was made for woman to procreate that was the goal no?”
A statement from England Rugby said: “Following a meeting between the RFU and Billy Vunipola, the Saracens forward has been issued with a formal warning under RFU rule 5.12 for conduct prejudicial to the interests of the union or the game.
“The warning will be retained on his disciplinary record for a period of five years and may be taken into account in future disciplinary proceedings.
“During the meeting the player expressed genuine regret at his public comments and understood that he had caused hurt and offence as a result of his actions.
“He has been reminded of his responsibilities as an England player and as an ambassador for the game, which values inclusivity and respect.”
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