Billy Vunipola handed formal warning by Rugby Football Union

Billy Vunipola was arrested and fined following an incident in Mallorca
Billy Vunipola was arrested and fined following an incident in Mallorca

Rugby Football Union (RFU) has issued a warning to Billy Vunipola regarding his behavior during an incident in Mallorca, Spain.

The back-row player was tasered, arrested, and fined by the police during the late April incident. While Vunipola refuted claims of violent behavior reported in the Spanish media, the police stated that he was arrested for disobedience and allegedly slapping a police officer.

Vunipola offered an "unreserved" apology for his actions in a statement following the incident and was fined €240.

His club, Saracens, conducted an internal inquiry in which Vunipola cooperated. The findings were then shared with the RFU, the governing body for rugby in England.

"We have also considered the apologies Billy has provided, his clear contrition and the circumstances around the incident," the RFU said in a statement released.

"This warning will sit on his record for five years and may be relied upon in future disciplinary proceedings.

"It has been made clear to Billy that as a senior and respected player, such actions risk bringing the game as a whole into disrepute.

"In particular, such actions clearly go against the core values of rugby which collectively the sport works hard to promote."

Saracens are at second place in the Gallagher Premiership table with 10 wins from 16 matches.