Cipriani will be judged on Gloucester form – Jones

FILE PHOTO: Rugby Union - Premiership - Wasps v Northampton Saints - Ricoh Arena, Coventry, Britain - April 29, 2018 Wasps' Danny Cipriani gestures Action Images/Andrew Boyers/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) – Flyhalf Danny Cipriani’s chances of England selection depend on his form for Gloucester, England coach Eddie Jones said on Wednesday.

Cipriani was reprimanded by the Rugby Football Union and his new club after admitting common assault and avoiding arrest in an incident last month on a pre-season tour of Jersey.

“I went down there on Monday and had a chat to him,” Jones told the BBC. “We will judge him on what he does on the pitch.

“It was a situation you wouldn’t like to have and you wouldn’t like to have again. Danny understands that.”

Cipriani, 30, played for England in the third test against South Africa in June, his first start for the national team for 10 years.

The incident outside a nightclub, for which Cipriani was fined 2,000 pounds ($2,600) each by a Magistrates Court and Gloucester, was the latest in a series of off-field controversies that have dogged his career.

“You have got to find out what really happened. You have to find out the facts,” Jones said. “We spoke to Cipriani, we spoke to the club. We feel it’s been dealt with.”

Cipriani was man of the match on his Gloucester Premiership debut on Saturday as he led the team to a 27-16 win over Northampton.

England play South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia at Twickenham in November.

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