Gloucester flyhalf Danny Cipriani is being slated online after driving away from a mediocre performance at Kingsholm to make an appearance in the audience on X Factor.
In the first Saracens match since the conclusion of an independent panel’s salary cap investigation, Gloucester failed to fire till late in the second half, ultimately falling to a 12 -21 home defeat.
Cipriani – who has been in fine form for the Cherry and Whites since signing in 2018 – was singled out online for what many felt was a pretty ordinary performance.
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However, the criticism intensified when the former England playmaker was spotted in the audience of the X Factor. The 32-year-old was filmed cheering on rugby themed trio ‘Try Star’ on the popular ITV show, just three hours after Saracens stuffed Gloucester.
The X Factor: Celebrity is an alternative format of the popular British reality show X Factor. Rugby stars Ben Foden, Thom Evans and Levi Davis all feature as a rugby trio on the talent contest.
Many users on social media questioned whether Danny Cipriani was fully focused on the match against Saracens. He would have had to have left Kingsholm stadium almost immediately after the match if he was to make the live shows for the X-Factor.
Twitter didn’t hold back:
The fact Danny Cipriani is in London for Celebrity XFactor confirms his mindset and performance today…couldn’t wait to get off the pitch!
— Liam Gardner (@LiamGardner78) November 9, 2019
Must admit I feel uncomfortable about this Cipriani story yesterday, swanning off to London straight after the match for celebrity X Factor. Was his mind on that rather than on the match? Also was this why T'trees was on the bench?
— Phil Seyers (@philseyers) November 10, 2019
Sorry to disagree but Cipriani was poor again yesterday as he was against Tigers the previous week. He is great behind a dominant pack but goes missing too often otherwise. Subbed for the 2nd week running don't buy this calf injury
— mark lewis (@Lewis63Mark) November 10, 2019
Fair play to Cipriani, drops a 2/10 for Gloucester and heads off to appear live on X-factor
— Steve Alexander (@Steve_5881) November 9, 2019
How the hell did Cipriani get to London for X-Factor so quickly after the game
— Chris (@Lambpie1973) November 9, 2019
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