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Men’s Rugby Union Cipriani to face the music over ‘dangerous’ tackle

DANNY CIPRIANI will face a disciplinary hearing tomorrow following his sending off in Gloucester’s Champions Cup defeat against Munster.

The Gloucester and England international fly-half was dismissed for a dangerous tackle on Munster centre Rory Scannell during the first half in Limerick on Saturday.

And tournament organisers European Professional Club Rugby (EPCR) have announced that Cipriani’s hearing will take place before a three-member independent disciplinary committee in Paris.

Cipriani, who was overlooked by England head coach Eddie Jones for next month’s Tests against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia, faces a potential ban.

A low-end scale entry punishment for his offence is a two-week suspension, rising to six for mid-range and anything between 10 and 52 weeks for top end.

EPCR said: “Cipriani was sent off by the referee, Alexandre Ruiz, in the 29th minute of the match for tackling the Munster Rugby centre, Rory Scannell, dangerously in contravention of Law 9.13.

“Philippe Cavaleiros (France), Chair, Kathrine Mackie (Scotland) and Frank Hadden (Scotland), have been appointed as the independent disciplinary committee for the hearing which will take place in Paris [today].”

Gloucester now go into three weekends of Premiership Cup action before resuming their Premiership campaign against Leicester on November 16.

It has been a roller-coaster year for Cipriani. He returned to England’s line-up on their South Africa tour in June, making his first international start for 10 years.

But in August he pleaded guilty to charges of common assault and resisting arrest following a nightclub incident while on a pre-season training trip to Jersey with Gloucester. He was fined by Jersey magistrates and also his club.

He was then charged by the Rugby Football Union with “conduct prejudicial to the interest of the game,” which was upheld following a lengthy hearing in Bristol, but he avoided further sanction.

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