England’s nightmare build up to this year’s World Cup continued on Monday, when it emerged that Danny Cipriani had been arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.
The Sale Sharks star was arrested following an early morning crash in West London on Monday. Cipriani has a chequered past with alcohol; back in 2013 he was concussed after being struck by a bus while on the beer with his friends.
The arrest will undoubtedly hamper Cipriani’s World Cup hopes, despite a strong performance against the Barbarians at the weekend.
A Metropolitan Police statement said the following:
“The cars involved were a silver Toyota Prius and a black Mercedes C63.
“The driver of the Mercedes, a 27-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of drink-driving.
“He was taken to a west London police station where he was later released on police bail. Return date to be confirmed.”
It’s been a tumultuous few weeks for Stuart Lancaster and his squad to say the least. Back in May it was revealed that Manu Tuilagi would not be going to the World Cup following the disgraceful revelations that he assaulted a female police officer and the subsequent guilty verdict at Leicester Magistrates Court.
And just last week bad boy Dylan Hartley was given a four-week ban for a shocking headbutt on Saracens’ Jamie George. This led to Hartley’s removal from the World Cup squad; an unsurprising move given the fact that it was Hartley’s sixth career ban.
“Am I gutted about missing the World Cup? Stupid question – of course I am. I need to channel my hurt into training because, when the World Cup starts, I need to be in a good place fitness-wise in case of injuries.”
At this rate, England will have no one left come September. England fans, keep your boots laced. Your country might need you!