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England out-half Cipriani fined after pleading guilty to common assault

The Gloucester star also pleaded guilty to resisting arrest.

ENGLAND OUT-HALF Danny Cipriani was fined £2,000 on Thursday after pleading guilty to common assault following an incident at a nightclub on the island of Jersey.

The mercurial 30-year-old — who had revived his international career in June with a first start for over a decade against South Africa — also pleaded guilty to resisting arrest during the incident on Wednesday which took place on his club Gloucester’s pre-season training camp on the island.

Three other charges were dropped.

Danny Cipriani arrested Cipriani leaves the Jersey Magistrates this morning. Source: Yui Mok

A female police officer suffered bruising to her neck in the incident at the Royal Yacht Hotel in St Helier, the court was told.

Cipriani was fined £1,500 for resisting arrest and £500 for assault.

He was also ordered to pay £250 compensation to the police officer.

Cipriani joined Gloucester this summer after a successful spell with Wasps which had sparked both a nomination for Premiership player of the season and a surprise recall to the national squad.

Cipriani, who has also had a spell in Australia with the Melbourne Rebels, said he could have moved abroad but wanted to see if he made Eddie Jones’s squad for the South Africa tour.

In June he started for England for the first time in a decade, playing a key role in a magical try that ensured victory over the Springboks and ended a six-match losing streak.

He had been expected to make his first appearance for Gloucester in a pre-season friendly against Ulster on Saturday.

- © AFP, 2018

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