LONDON - England rugby star Danny Cipriani was fined £2,000 ($2,500) on Thursday after pleading guilty to common assault following an incident at a nightclub on the island of Jersey.
The mercurial 30-year-old utility back - who had revived his international career in June with a first start for over a decade against South Africa - also pleaded guilty to resisting arrest during the incident late Wednesday which took place on his club Gloucester's pre-season training camp on the island.
Three other charges were dropped. A female police officer suffered bruising to her neck in the incident at the Royal Yacht Hotel in St Helier, the court was told. Cipriani was fined £1,500 for resisting arrest and £500 for assault. He was also ordered to pay £250 compensation to the police officer.
Cipriani signed for Gloucester earlier this year after a successful spell with their rivals Wasps, which had sparked both a nomination for Premiership player of the season and a surprise recall to the national squad.
Cipriani, who has also had a spell in Australia with Melbourne Rebels, said he could have moved abroad but wanted to see if he made Eddie Jones's squad for the South Africa tour.