London - England rugby star Danny Cipriani was fined £2 000 (R37 000) on Thursday after pleading guilty to common assault following an incident at a nightclub on the island of Jersey.
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 on 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.
Gloucester chief executive Steve Vaughan said the club was "very disappointed" to be associated with such episodes.
"We will deal with it in a robust but balanced way but based purely
on the facts," the club added in a statement posted on their website.
"The incident in question was over in a matter of seconds and was a reaction to the conduct of other parties involved.
"He knows his responsibilities and is aware of the impact of this type of incident on the club.
"However, Danny is a Gloucester Rugby player and will receive our full support as we focus on the exciting season ahead."
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
Cipriani said he could have moved abroad but wanted to see if he made Eddie Jones's squad for the South Africa tour.
In June he started for England for the first time in a decade,
playing a key role in a magical try that ensured victory over the
Springboks and ended a six-match losing streak.
He had been expected to make his first appearance for Gloucester in a pre-season friendly against Ulster on Saturday.
Cipriani's career has been littered with off the field sagas that
have damaged his reputation with the powers that be and restricted his
international career since making his Test debut against Wales in the
2008 Six Nations tournament.
Just a month later he was dropped for the clash with Scotland after
being caught coming out of a night club in the early hours in the week
leading up to the game.
Seeking a fresh start away from England two years later he joined the
Super Rugby franchise The Melbourne Rebels but again he got on the
wrong side of the bosses by breaking a curfew and was given a one-game
He returned to England for Sale in 2012 but a year later in April
2013 he ended up in hospital after a night out with the team resulted in
him being struck by a bus, escaping relatively lightly with concussion
More recently he was convicted of drink-driving after he crashed his black Mercedes into a taxi in London in June 2015.
He was ordered to pay a total of £7 620 in fines and costs and banned from driving for 18 months.