Rugby World Cup 2011: Courtney Lawes fined for gumshield breach

Courtney Lawes
Lawes was part of England's unsuccessful World Cup squad

Courtney Lawes has been fined for using a branded gumshield while playing for England at the Rugby World Cup.

The Northampton lock follows Manu Tuilagi and captain Lewis Moody in being sanctioned for a breach of the tournament's commercial regulations.

Tuilagi was fined £4,800 and England were warned about increased punishments for any future breaches.

As a result, it is understood that Moody and Lawes were fined twice as much as their team-mate.

A Rugby Football Union spokesman said the incidents were oversights and not intentional.

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