- Vunipola issued formal warning
- Player expresses genuine regret
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.
In a statement on the Saracens website, Billy Vunipola said: “I can see that my recent post has hurt people. My intention was never to cause suffering.
"My intention was to express my belief in the word of God. These beliefs are a source of great strength, comfort and guidance in my life. This is deeply personal and does not represent the views of my team.
“Anyone who knows me, knows I live with kindness and love towards ALL people.
“I have faith. My Christian faith has sustained me through the ups and many downs of my life. God has given and continues to give me many reasons in life to be grateful.”