England rugby player Cipriani faces new sanction for assault

British rugby player Danny Cipriani leaves Jersey Magistrates' Court, Saint Helier, Jersey, one of the Channel Islands, on Thursday Aug. 16, 2018, where he pleaded guilty to charges of common assault and resisting arrest following an incident in a nightclub on the island. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
British rugby player Danny Cipriani leaves Jersey Magistrates' Court, Saint Helier, Jersey, one of the Channel Islands, on Thursday Aug. 16, 2018, where he pleaded guilty to charges of common assault and resisting arrest following an incident in a nightclub on the island. (Yui Mok/PA via AP)
FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015 file photo England's Danny Cipriani races clear to score a try during the Six Nations international rugby union match against Italy at Twickenham stadium in London. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant, File)

LONDON — 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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