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Gloucester fine Danny Cipriani


Gloucester Rugby fine Danny Cipriani following internal disciplinary hearing

Gloucester Rugby today held a Disciplinary Hearing with Danny Cipriani to review the events of last week on the Club’s preseason tour in Jersey.

As a result, Gloucester have fined Cipriani £2,000.

50% of the fine will be paid to the club’s chosen charity, Pied Piper, a local charity raising money and awareness for sick and disabled children in Gloucestershire and 50% will be paid to Restart Rugby, the official charity of the Rugby Players’ Association.

In addition, Danny will be required to undertake an additional 10 hours of community service and he will work with Gloucester Rugby’s community staff coaching local children, and will be contributing to the fantastic voluntary work that the Gloucester Academy staff and players do with the homeless in the City.

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A Gloucester Rugby spokesperson commented:

“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. 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.”

Last week Cipriani pleaded guilty to common assault and resisting arrest and was fined £2,000.

He was also ordered to pay a female police officer £250 in compensation arising from the incident at The Royal Yacht Hotel and Spa, St Helier.

Several reports claim Cipriani got into a disagreement with a bouncer after he wanted to bring a drink outside. According to The Sun witnesses heard Cipriani tell officers: “These wrists are gold, loosen the cuffs”.

Glouster Rugby had been carrying out pre-season training with the Jersey Reds on the island.

The 30-year-old, who has been capped 16 times for England, having come to the end of his second spell with Wasps at the end of last season.

The former Sale Sharks star returned to the England fold in June, starting the third Test against South Africa, having previously been overlooked for selection for three years.

He also counts Melbourne Rebels and Sale Sharks amongst his former clubs.

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Gloucester Rugby fine Danny Cipriani following internal disciplinary hearing