Manu Tuilagi will not be picked in England’s Rugby World Cup squad after being convicted on three charges of assault and one of criminal damage.
The Leicester Tigers centre will not be considered for selection until January 2016 after pleading guilty at Leicester Magistrates Court, where he was also ordered to pay £6,205 in fines, compensation, charges and costs.
“As role models and ambassadors for the game, the highest standards of behaviour are expected from every England player both on and off the field,” said England coach Stuart Lancaster.
“Having spoken to Manu, he understands and accepts both the seriousness of the offences to which he has pleaded guilty and the consequences of his behaviour to his club, country and the game as a whole.
“England will continue to liaise with Leicester Tigers and have every confidence that the club will continue to support Manu in the right way.”
Tuilagi himself added: “I take full responsibility for my actions and unreservedly apologise to all those involved in the incident, Leicester Tigers and England.
“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.”
Tuilagi, who has been struggling with a persistent groin injury this term, has made 25 appearances for England, scoring 11 tries.