Cipriani troubles pile up
DISCIPLINARY NEWS: Mercurial England flyhalf Danny Cipriani was handed a three-week ban.
This was the result of a dangerous tackle on Munster centre Rory Scannell during Gloucester’s 36-22 defeat in their European Champions Cup match last Saturday.
The 30-year-old – overlooked for England’s squad for the upcoming November Tests despite recent good form – had been given a six-week suspension, but a three-man independent disciplinary committee halved it after taking into account his “clear disciplinary record” and “timely expression of remorse”.
Cipriani – who prior to the season beginning had pleaded guilty to common assault and resisting arrest after an incident at a nightclub in Jersey – will be able to play again on November 12.
* Earlier, Castres No. 8 Maama Vaipulu received a six-week suspension for a red-card offence in the French side’s 29-25 win over Exeter.
Tongan international Vaipulu was sent off in the 38th minute for a high tackle aimed at the head of Chiefs hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie.
He will be available for selection on December 3, six days before Castres face Munster at Thomond Park.