Danny Cipriani has three games to save Rugby World Cup hopes with England boss Eddie Jones watching on

EDDIE JONES has launched his own investigation into Danny Cipriani’s boozed-up nightclub ruckus.

But the England boss is unlikely to come down hard on Cipriani after the fly-half admitted he was “mortified” at his latest arrest.

 Eddie Jones is launching his own investigation into Danny Cipriani's recent antics

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Eddie Jones is launching his own investigation into Danny Cipriani's recent antics
 Cipriani appeared in Jersey Magistrates' Court today

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Cipriani appeared in Jersey Magistrates' Court today

Aussie Jones loves a rogue, both on and off the pitch.

And Lions legend Brian O’Driscoll reckons the case should be closed after Cipriani was fined £2,000 for his Jersey scrape.

BT Sport pundit O’Driscoll said: "Eddie is the kind of coach who could fob it off, slap him on the wrist and get on with it.

"He does not want to cut his nose off to spite his face if he feels Danny may be one of his guys for the World Cup. So he won’t alienate him that way.

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

 Jones is expected to be lenient on the Gloucester star

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Jones is expected to be lenient on the Gloucester star
 Brian ODriscoll believes the case should be closed

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Brian ODriscoll believes the case should be closed

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"Danny talked about putting the troubled times behind him — it’s just a headache Eddie, Gloucester and Cipriani do not need right now.

"It looks as though it has been parked pretty quickly.

"He misbehaved, was out of order and has suffered both with the fine, his reputation and spending a night in jail. He doesn’t help himself."

After picking Dylan Hartley to be England captain, and with his own poor rap sheet to consider, Jones does not have much of a leg to stand on when it comes to the moral high ground.

 Cipriani pleaded guilty to five charges after his assault in a Jersey nightclub

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Cipriani pleaded guilty to five charges after his assault in a Jersey nightclub
 Jones has stuck by Dylan Hartley despite his previous controversies

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Jones has stuck by Dylan Hartley despite his previous controversies
 Jones is under pressure to deliver at the World Cup and he may take Cipriani with the squad to Japan

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Jones is under pressure to deliver at the World Cup and he may take Cipriani with the squad to Japan

Hartley has had more than a year out with bans for punching, gouging and swearing.

Jones always insisted if players behave on England duty then that is what he will judge them on. So Cipriani pleading guilty to common assault and resisting arrest are unlikely to rattle the Red Rose boss’ cage.

Cipriani’s World Cup chances are now resting on the next three games for his new club Gloucester.

Jones will pick a training squad for a Bristol mini-camp on September 20 before naming his full autumn internationals outfit on October 18.

He has the perfect excuse not to pick Cipriani, after taking more than two years to finally cap him against South Africa in June.

Danny Cipriani out with friends on the night of his arrest

 England endured a difficult Six Nations in 2018, losing three of their five matches

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England endured a difficult Six Nations in 2018, losing three of their five matches
 Cipriani must prove himself to Jones in the next three England games to keep his World Cup chances alive

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Cipriani must prove himself to Jones in the next three England games to keep his World Cup chances alive

Before that summer tour, Jones said: "If he’s on the front page for any reason other than rugby he won’t be with us.

"The baggage doesn’t worry me. It’s how he behaves in front of me.

"I can’t control what he’s done in the past. All I can do is control what he does in the future."

So far on international duty Cipriani has done all the right things.

He is also lucky Gloucester boss Johan Ackermann — himself cleared of a nightclub brawl last year — had a chequered playing career and served a two-year ban for steroids.

EDDIE JONES has launched his own investigation into Danny Cipriani’s boozed-up nightclub ruckus.