Danny Cipriani was shown a red card for a high tackle on Rory Scannell in Gloucester’s European Champions Cup meeting with Munster on Saturday and could be facing a lengthy ban.
Gloucester fly-half Cipriani was given his marching orders in the 29th minute at Thomond Park for a clumsy tackle on Scannell that saw his shoulder connect with the Munster centre’s head. Referee Alexandre Ruiz even went as far as apologising in advance to Cipriani for the impending send-off, with the letter of the law stating he must receive a red card.
The 30-year-old offered an apologetic thumbs up to his opponent as he made his way off the pitch.
Despite a string of impressive performances at the start of his Gloucester career, Cipriani was this week omitted from Eddie Jones’ England squad for the November internationals.
Danny Cipriani has been sent off ?
He knew straight away he was going to be shown red for this tackle.
He apologised on his way off but his week has gone from bad to worse… pic.twitter.com/XGga2MHz2P
— Watch the Heineken Champions Cup on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) October 20, 2018
Another game ruined! Unlucky everyone who bought tickets ??
— Billy Vunipola (@bvunipola) October 20, 2018
— Joanna Mills (@jomariemiles) October 20, 2018
Letter of the law, that's a red card #MUNvGLO
— Three Red Kings (@threeredkings) October 20, 2018
Others were impressed with Cipriani’s acceptance of the card, praising the flyhalf for his demeanour.
— Ciaran Breslin (@c_breslin83) October 20, 2018
Danny Cipriani gets slaughtered by the dimwits regularly, but his behaviour was exemplary after the red card today. Took it with grace, no histrionics and enquired about the Munster player he tackled as he went off. Many can learn from that example.
— Andrew Baldock (@balders2) October 20, 2018
The incident will now put Cipriani’s England future further in doubt with a ban imminent.
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