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Cipriani in fight with England teammate

09/10/2008 08:55:08 AM Comments (0)

Danny Cipriani's club Wasps have confirmed he was involved in a training ground bust-up with Josh Lewsey, following reports the star five eighth had been knocked out by his teammate.

Reports claimed the 20-year-old golden boy of English rugby had been left dazed and nursing a split lip following a right hook from fellow international Lewsey, who had reportedly criticised Cipriani for missing a couple of tackles.

The club insisted the spat had been blown out of proportion.

"Rugby is a fiery and physical game and incidents like this happen in training sessions all the time," a spokesman said.

"There is no issue and there is no problem between Danny and Josh. They are friends and teammates."

The size of the headlines generated by what was apparently a minor incident reflect Cipriani's increasingly high media profile, which has been enhanced by his relationship with actress and model Kelly Brook, another darling of the tabloids.

Cipriani, who displaced Jonny Wilkinson as England's first-choice number 10 last season, has only just come back from a serious ankle injury.

He played for just over 50 minutes against Bath last week and is due to start when Wasps begin their European Cup campaign against French side Castres.

With Wilkinson sidelined by a knee injury, Cipriani is also expected to be fast-tracked back into the England squad in time for their November internationals against the Pacific Islanders, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.

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