Rugby star cautioned over damage

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England rugby player Ben Foden has been cautioned for causing criminal damage after an apparent bust up with a taxi driver, police sources said.

The Northampton full-back was celebrating his club's league win over Wasps in central London in the early hours of last Monday when trouble flared.



The 25-year-old was arrested along with a 23-year-old in Piccadilly and taken into custody before being released.



The pair were bailed but later accepted police cautions - Foden for criminal damage and his co-accused for theft from a vehicle.



A spokesman for the Rugby Football Union said it would wait to see if Northampton would take any action against Foden before deciding its response.



The club was unavailable for comment.



The former Sale Sharks player has become a regular at number 15 for England over the last 12 months and played all five games of this year's victorious RBS 6 Nations campaign.



He scored the only try in England's 17-9 victory over France at Twickenham last month and has 15 caps to his name.







This afternoon Foden played in Northampton's 53-24 win over Sale Sharks.



Director of rugby Jim Mallinder revealed that the club will be taking no further action.



"He has apologised and accepted a police caution and he is moving on," said Mr Mallinder.



"He's had an interesting week but he played well."