By Ali Stokes
England and Gloucester fly-half Danny Cipriani has been charged by Jersey police of assaulting an officer and resisting arrest, in addition to further charges.
The alleged incident is reported to have taken place during the early hours of this morning (Wednesday) at a nightclub in Jersey. The incident was sparked by a bouncer preventing Cipriani from taking a drink outside the premises.
UPDATE: After pleading guilty Cipriani has been fined £2000 by magistrates for common assault and resisting arrest, the other three charges against him have been dropped. The Gloucester fly-half have also been forced to pay £250 compensation to an on scene officer for charges of assault.
A statement from Gloucester Rugby read: “Gloucester Rugby are aware of an incident involving Danny Cipriani in the early hours of Wednesday morning following an incident at a St Helier nightclub.
"He was arrested and has since been charged by police.
"He will appear at Jersey Magistrates Court at 10am tomorrow morning.
“The club will be issuing no further comment at this time but will make a further announcement in due course.”
Formerly of Wasps, Sale Sharks and the Melbourne Rebels, Cipriani enjoyed his first full international inclusion in a decade in June, starting England's final Test match against the Springboks, a singular victory from the three-match series.
In addition to the pressures of the incident itself, Gloucester could be under added pressure at fly-half this season if Cipriani is found guilty and prevented from playing.
With Gloucester Academy product Billy Burns making a move to Irish outfit Ulster in a bid for game time, Wales international Owen Williams struggling with regular injuries over the last 3 years, Gloucester will be left short at standoff should the Welshman once again find himself enjoying an extended period on the sidelines and in the medical department.
England and Tigers fly-half George Ford may also benefit from his international teammate's indiscretions. Cipriani had seemed set on ousting Ford from England's starting ten jersey, but could perhaps be permitted improved safety should Cipriani suffer international exclusion following this incident.
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