Danny Cipriani’s week gets even worse after England snub as he is sent-off for Gloucester

DANNY CIPRIANI'S week of woe continued as he pushed the self-destruct button yet again by being sent off in Gloucester’s Champions Cup clash with Munster.

The fly-half was ditched from the England squad last week by head coach Eddie Jones despite starting England’s last Test in South Africa in June.

 Danny Cipriani's week got a whole lot worse when he was sent off for Gloucester for this

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Danny Cipriani's week got a whole lot worse when he was sent off for Gloucester for this

And for his next trick the enigmatic No.10 lasted less than half an hour before he was red carded in Gloucester’s 36-22 collapse at Thomond Park.

Cipriani was collared for a high tackle on Munster inside centre Rory Scannell who was carrying the ball from a ruck between halfway andthe Gloucester 10-metre line.

French referee Alexandre Ruiz took one look at the big screen and told Cipriani: “I am sorry but on the screen it is very clear for me. Your tackle, your shoulder is directly on the face.

"I have no option but to go red card."

 The referee spoke to the Gloucester bad-boy and explained just what he had seen - and it wasn't good news

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The referee spoke to the Gloucester bad-boy and explained just what he had seen – and it wasn't good news
 Danny Cipriani slumps off after getting his marching orders at the end of a tough week

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Danny Cipriani slumps off after getting his marching orders at the end of a tough week

Cipriani trooped off with it all to do to salvage any hopes of a recall ahead of next year’s World Cup in Japan.

But Gloucester boss Johann Ackermann leapt to Cipriani’s defence.

He moaned: “My view is simple, it's spoiling the game if there is no intent.

“It's not going to change the result. I've got a lot to say but I'm not going to say it. It's not going to change anything.

“Danny is disappointed. That's how he protects himself when he trains, he didn't even want to tackle the guy! He wanted to get out of it. It's done and dusted.

“If players want to pay to watch 14 versus 15, that's a great way for it. The law is there to protect the player, that's true.

“Sometimes there is stuff that happens and that's why we call them accidents, like with your car, you don't plan for it.”

England boss Jones said in the week that Cipriani was the third best fly-half in the country, behind Owen Farrell and George Ford, and still has to work on his game.

And he has has to work on the off-field stuff too.

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DANNY CIPRIANI'S week of woe continued as he pushed the self-destruct button yet again by being sent off in Gloucester’s Champions Cup clash with Munster.