Jersey

Rugby player Michael le Bourgeois banned from driving

Jersey rugby player Michael le Bourgeois has been banned from driving for 23 months after admitting drinking and driving.

Le Bourgeois was the first home-grown player to sign a full professional contract with Jersey Rugby Club.

He was stopped by police on 28 August on Princes Tower Road.

Le Bourgeois, 21, hung his head low as the charges were read out in the Magistrates Court, where he was also fined £1,600.

As well as the drink-drive offence, he also pleaded guilty to having no licence, no insurance and having taken a car without the consent of the owner.

Speaking on his behalf, his lawyer said that his client was sorry and apologised to his team-mates and supporters for letting them down.

The magistrate reminded le Bourgeois that he must accept he is a role model in what is a small island community.

Le Bourgeois was suspended for one match by Jersey Rugby Club and did not play in the club's first home game against Birmingham and Solihull on 3 September.

He is expected to play against Blackheath on Saturday.

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