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Cipriani fined £2,000 by Gloucester over scuffle at Jersey nightclub

The England fly-half was involved in an incident on Gloucester’s pre-season tour.

Gloucester have fined Danny Cipriani £2,000 following a disciplinary hearing into his scuffle at a Jersey nightclub.

The England fly-half was last week fined £2,000 by Jersey Magistrates’ Court after pleading guilty to charges of common assault and resisting arrest following an incident that took place on Gloucester’s pre-season tour.

The 30-year-old was also ordered to pay £250 compensation for the bruised neck suffered by a policewoman during the confrontation at the Royal Yacht Hotel in St Helier.

“Having reviewed all the facts and spoken to both Danny and Willi Heinz, who witnessed the events first hand, we are in agreement with the magistrate in Jersey that this was a minor incident,” a Gloucester Rugby spokesperson said on the official club website.

“While Danny is very apologetic for his actions, we do not believe he is guilty of bringing the game into disrepute and he will continue to get our full support.

“Danny has now faced disciplinary action from both the courts and his club and, with the new season about to kick off, our focus is very much on preparing for Northampton on the 1st September, so we will not be making any further comments on this matter.”

Cipriani was charged by the Rugby Football Union on Friday with “conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game”.

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Danny Cipriani leaves Jersey Magistrates’ Court, where he pleaded guilty to charges of common assault and resisting arrest following an incident in a nightclub on the island (Yui Mok/PA)

That charge infuriated Gloucester, who claim the RFU has acted only in response to the publicity generated by the story.

Cipriani was subsequently omitted from the Gloucester squad for their pre-season friendly against Ulster.

He is now set to make his debut against the Dragons at Kingsholm on Thursday before the Gallagher Premiership opener against Northampton.

Gloucester stated half the £2,000 fine would be paid to the club’s chosen charity, Pied Piper, which raises money and awareness for sick and disabled children in Gloucestershire.

The remaining half will be paid to Restart Rugby, the official charity of the Rugby Players’ Association.

In addition, Cipriani will undertake an additional 10 hours of community service and work with Gloucester Rugby’s community staff coaching local children.

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