London – Danny Cipriani has been dropped from England’s line-up to face Scotland in the Six Nations this weekend for “inappropriate behaviour”, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) announced on Thursday.
The bombshell announcement came just 48 hours before Cipriani, 20, was due to make his first start for his country, at fullback against the Scots at Murrayfield on Saturday.
He has been replaced in the starting XV by Iain Balshaw with Charlie Hodgson coming on to the bench.
Cipriani was pictured in the London Evening Standard leaving a nightclub in the early hours of the morning.(Got some Ozzie blood in him hey.Ed)
An RFU statement said: “Further to inappropriate behaviour last night by England and London Wasps back Danny Cipriani, England Head Coach Brian Ashton has decided to replace him in the starting XV for Saturday’s Six Nations fixture against Scotland with Gloucester Rugby’s Iain Balshaw. Charlie Hodgson of Sale Sharks has been added to the bench.
“Danny Cipriani will not travel with England to Scotland. No further disciplinary action will be taken against Danny but he has been warned and advised about his future conduct.”
Ashton said: “I’ve taken the decision regarding Danny and the matter is now closed. I will keep an open mind on selecting him for future games.”