England flyhalf Cipriani arrested for alleged drink-driving

Flyhalf Danny Cipriani has been arrested on suspicion of drunk-driving, putting his hopes of making England squad for the Rugby World Cup in jeopardy.
Police say Cipriani was the driver of a car involved in a collision with another car in London on Monday. When asked about reports regarding an incident involving Cipriani, Londonand’s Metropolitan Police says in a statement on Tuesday that a 27-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of drunk-driving and was taken to a police station before being released on bail until early August. Police say there were no reports of any injuries. Cipriani, whose career has been marked by a slew of high-profile off-field incidents, played for England against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday, crossing for two tries and scoring 33 points in total. The flyhalf was selected in Englandand’s 50-man training squad for the World Cup. The group will be trimmed to 31 players on Aug. 31. England coach Stuart Lancaster is a renowned disciplinarian, and dropped scrumhalf Danny Care from the squad for the Six Nations in 2012 after he was charged with drink-driving. Two other leading players, center Manu Tuilagi and hooker Dylan Hartley, have already been dropped from the World Cup squad for disciplinary reasons. Tuilagi was convicted of assaulting a taxi driver and two female police officers on a night out. Hartley was banned for four weeks for headbutting an opponent during an English Premiership match, a suspension which ruled him out of contention for Englandand’s warm-up matches and opening pool game against Fiji.

SOURCE: Today’s Zaman