England rugby player Cipriani faces new sanction for assault

LONDON (AP) — Rugby player Danny Cipriani is facing disciplinary action from the English game's governing body after being fined by a court for a nightclub assault.

England's Rugby Football Union says it charged Cipriani on Friday with "conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game."

Cipriani, who made his 16th appearance for England against South Africa in June, will face an RFU disciplinary panel next week.

RFU head of discipline David Barnes says "we high standards that we expect across the game, in line with rugby's core values, from all those involved within it."

Cipriani is preparing to start the season with new club Gloucester. The nightclub incident happened during a pre-season tour of Jersey in the English Channel Islands.

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