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Tuesday, August 24, 1999 Published at 22:32 GMT 23:32 UK


The Dallaglio affair

Former England rugby union captain Lawrence Dallaglio has been fined by the sport's governing body, following a three-month storm sparked by drug allegations in a tabloid newspaper. BBC News Online reports on the troubled sporting hero.

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Dallaglio fined, but no ban
A line is drawn under the Dallaglio controversy, as the RFU fines him 15,000 for bringing the game into disrepute but decides not to suspend him - allowing him to play in the World Cup.

Shamed star satisfied with outcome
Dallaglio reacts to the fine and admits he is keen to put the affair behind him and concentrate on the future.

Counting the cost
He may have escaped a ban, but the cost of the drug allegations he brought upon himself are likely to be severe for Dallaglio.

England welcome back prodigal son
The return of one of their most inspirational players is a massive boost to England's Rugby World Cup campaign.

Drugs charges dropped
English rugby administrators drop drugs charges against Dallaglio, after "new evidence emerged".

Dallaglio stars in ton-up success
Dallaglio makes his return from exile, with an impressive display as England beat the USA 106-8 at Twickenham.

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RFU announcement in full
The bosses of English rugby reveal Dallaglio's decision to quit.

Written statement
As his resignation was announced, the under-fire star rejected newspaper allegations of drug taking and dealing.

Dallaglio: I lied to reporters

RFU Chairman Brian Baister announces Dallaglio's decision to stand down

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Dallaglio - a rugby hero
English rugby's rose was perhaps the most admired man in the game. The tabloid storm shocked those who had seen him as the symbol of rugby's new professional age.

Rugby world united
When the story broke in the tabloid press, the Englsh rugby union community rallied around its besieged star.

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Press tactics shock but stories appeal
People may say they don't like the tabloid newspapers, but they still buy them.

E-cyclopedia: Honeytrap - Women revealing all
Dallaglio was snared by an increasingly familiar part of the UK media - so-called honeytraps: female reporters getting their stories.

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Johnson - lion of England
Leicester's brooding giant Martin Johnson assumed the England captaincy when Dallaglio stood down.

Mutiny, expulsion and "old farts"
It's been a troubled few years for English rugby, and the turmoil goes on.

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