Wednesday 21 February 2018

England star Danny Cipriani arrested on suspicion of drink driving

England's Danny Cipriani
England's Danny Cipriani

Danny Cipriani was reportedly arrested on suspicion of drink-driving at 5am on Monday morning following an accident in west London, just hours after he had boosted his chance of making England’s World Cup squad with a man-of-the-match display in the victory over the Barbarians at Twickenham.

The 27-year-old, who had scored 33 points – including two tries and 23 points in an immaculate kicking display – in England’s 73-12 victory, was breathalysed by police after his Mercedes car was involved in a collision with a Toyota car in Chelsea, according to The Sun newspaper.

Cipriani was then reportedly taken to Fulham police station before being released on bail. He was not charged with any offence.

Police confirmed they were called to reports of two cars in a collision at 5.15am. No one was injured.

A Met police spokeswoman: “The driver of the Mercedes, a 27-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of drink driving. He was taken to a west London police station where he was later released on police bail.”

While the full details have yet to emerge, this latest off-field incident will leave England head coach Stuart Lancaster with a fresh concern ahead of the World Cup in September.

Lancaster last week ruled Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley out of his 50-man training squad after he pleaded guilty to making contact with his head to Saracens hooker Jamie George during the Aviva Premiership semi-final at Franklin’s Gardens.

Last month Lancaster also said he would not be considering Manu Tuilagi after the Leicester centre was convicted of assaulting two female police officers and a taxi driver.

Tuilagi, 23, was ordered to pay £6,205 in fines, compensation, charges and costs, following an incident involving the police and a taxi driver in the early hours of April 26.

Lancaster had praised Cipriani’s contribution for England on Sunday after the Sale Sharks’ fly-half delivered the most composed performance in a red-rose shirt since he inspired a Six Nations victory over Ireland in 2008.

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