England's number 8 Billy Vunipola. Image: Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

England’s number 8 Billy Vunipola. Image: Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

England rugby star arrested in Spain, tasered twice by police

England rugby international Billy Vunipola has been arrested following a violent incident in a Majorca pub, which saw police taser him twice.

England's number 8 Billy Vunipola. Image: Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

England’s number 8 Billy Vunipola. Image: Odd ANDERSEN / AFP)

In shocking news that came to light on Monday, it was confirmed by police that Billy Vunipola – who has been a prominent player for England over the last decade – had been involved in a violent incident in Spain.

Local reports said the burly England loose forward, who was born in Australia to Tongan parents, had been threatening customers and employees with bottles and chairs before police arrived on the scene.

Following calls from security staff, the Daily Mail reports that police rushed to a bar called Epic in the island capital Palma at 4.30am on Sunday morning.

Multiple news outlets have also detailed how Vunipola was not affected by the first police taser, only succumbing after a second attempt. As many eight police officers are said to have then jumped on the 128kg forward, and arrested him.

Vunipola was taken to Son Espaces hospital where he was sedated and bound to his bed in order to safeguard himself and those around him.

He was taken to the Vía Alemán courts in Palma, and then released on bail.

Besides a prolific Test career with England, Vunipola has also been a stalwart with domestic club Saracens, earning over 150 caps.

A Saracens club statement read: “Saracens is aware of an incident involving Billy Vunipola in Majorca. We will of course deal with this incident internally, and will not make any further comment until then.”

Well-known figure throughout the rugby world

Born in Australia, he moved to England young and qualified for them on residency.

After starting his domestic career at Wasps, Vunipola’s career truly flourished at Saracens. He was instrumental in their dominant period, winning four Premiership titles (2015, 2016, 2018, 2019) and three European Champions Cups (2016, 2017, 2019). Vunipola’s power and ball-carrying skills were key to their success.

On the international stage, Vunipola debuted for England in 2013 and quickly became a mainstay. He has surpassed 70 caps, featuring in multiple Six Nations tournaments and reaching the 2019 Rugby World Cup final, where England fell to South Africa.

Although he missed the 2021 British and Irish Lions tour due to injury, the 31-year-old earned inclusion in the World Cup squad last year, and remains a key figure for both Saracens and England.

He was in fact the only specialist eighthman in England’s Rugby World Cup squad, but was red-carded for a dangerous tackle in their warm-up Test, which they lost 29-10, against Ireland in Dublin.

The player admitted that he had committed an act of foul play worthy of a red card. On that basis, the Committee applied World Rugby’s mandatory minimum mid-range entry point for foul play resulting in contact with the head, which resulted in a starting point of a six week suspension.