Tuesday, May 25, 1999 Published at 08:42 GMT 09:42 UK
Rugby captain Dallaglio quits
Lawrence Dallgalio: No longer England captain
Lawrence Dallaglio has resigned as England's rugby union captain.
The Rugby Football Union made the announcement at Twickenham after a three-hour meeting with the Wasps star at a secret location in London on Monday.
Leicester lock forward and British Lions skipper Martin Johnson has been appointed England captain until the end of the Rugby World Cup this autumn.
In a statement he added that "the circumstances in which the supposed admissions were obtained amounted to an elaborate set-up".
"Lawrence Dallaglio is damned in his own words and frankly, we are amazed at his denial."
The RFU has launched an immediate investigation into the affair.
He added: "Lawrence's future with England will of course depend entirely on the findings of that investigation."
England coach Clive Woodward, who was among the panel of six senior RFU figures who met Dallaglio, said he was "bitterly disappointed" for the player and his family but was confident he would be "proved innocent" by the investigation.
Woodward admitted it was a "setback" for the team, but he has not ruled out the possibility of Dallaglio rejoining the tour.
"I hope Lawrence rejoins the team very quickly. It would have been impossible for him to join the tour - he wanted to stay and get this sorted out."
"We are very fortunate to have someone like Martin to call on. As Lions manager he had my full confidence and he delivered on that confidence."
Sports minister Tony Banks supported Dallaglio over his decision to stand down: "These are serious allegations and the RFU are right to treat them seriously."