Danny Cipriani banned for three weeks after Gloucester star sent off for dangerous tackle against Munster

DANNY CIPRIANI copped a three week ban for a dangerous tackle as his slim England chances took another hammering.

The Gloucester fly-half was already cut from the autumn internationals — before he was sent off in the Champions Cup for a high hit to the face of Munster's Rory Scannell on Saturday.

 Danny Cipriani has had to take a three-week ban on the chin after his shoulder connected with Rory Scannell

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Danny Cipriani has had to take a three-week ban on the chin after his shoulder connected with Rory Scannell

But even if there is an injury crisis in Eddie Jones' Portugal training squad over the next week, Cipriani would still not be considered as he will be suspended for the opener against South Africa on November 3 and also the All Blacks game a week later.

Jones said that Cipriani is his third-choice No10 behind Owen Farrell and George Ford.

Though versatile Henry Slade, the Exeter Chiefs centre, might have to run some moves at fly-half as he is the only man left in the current squad who is not banned and can play there.

Alex Lozowski's two-week ban was bumped up to include the Springboks opener last night.

 Cirpriani was adjudged to have hit Scannell with his shoulder in a high tackle as World Rugby crack down on dangerous tackles

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Cirpriani was adjudged to have hit Scannell with his shoulder in a high tackle as World Rugby crack down on dangerous tackles
 Referee Alexandre Ruiz had no choice but to send Cipriani off under new guidelines from World Rugby

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Referee Alexandre Ruiz had no choice but to send Cipriani off under new guidelines from World Rugby
 Cipriani ran off the pitch after being shown his red card

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Cipriani ran off the pitch after being shown his red card

England rugby star Danny Cipriani leaves court after being fined for Jersey bar assault

And after Cipriani's one and a half hour hearing in Paris, Euro chiefs said: "The committee upheld the red card decision and found that the act of foul play was at the mid-range of World Rugby’s sanctions and selected six weeks as the appropriate entry point.

"There were no aggravating factors and due to the player’s clear disciplinary record and his timely expression of remorse, the Committee decided to reduce the sanction by the maximum allowable of 50% before imposing a three-week suspension.

"Cipriani is free to play on Monday, 12 November 2018. Both he and EPCR have the right to appeal the decision."

In August he was fined for common assault after an incident in Jersey.

DANNY CIPRIANI copped a three week ban for a dangerous tackle as his slim England chances took another hammering.