Saracens: England forward Billy Vunipola among five players to apologise for breaking social distancing rules

Sean Maitland and Billy Vunipola

Five Saracens players, including England forward Billy Vunipola, have apologised after they were pictured breaking social distancing rules on Monday.

Vunipola, Alex Goode, Nick Isiekwe, Sean Maitland and Josh Ibuanokpe met up in St Albans, clearly flouting Government rules during the current lockdown.

The players have accepted they were in the wrong and have been reminded of their responsibilities by the Gallagher Premiership club.

"The club was very disappointed to learn about a small group of Saracens players being sighted together in St Albans Monday this week," a Saracens statement read.

"The Government guidelines on social distancing and public gatherings of more than two people are very clear and the club has been vigorous in its messaging to all players and staff members about the importance of adhering to these guidelines whilst in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic.

"Management has spoken to the players involved, all of whom accept that they made an error in judgement and have apologised for any upset they may have caused.

"The club has reminded these players as well as the whole Saracens squad of their responsibilities to themselves and the community around them and we are confident that this will not happen again."


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