"These wrists are gold, loosen the cuffs": Cipriani's late-night arrest

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by AAP & Staff Writer

England rugby union international Danny Cipriani has found himself in more hot water after being charged with assaulting police during an incident in the English Channel island of Jersey.

The 30-year-old fly-half is also charged with resisting arrest, common assault, larceny, and being disorderly on licensed premises, police said.

He has been remanded in custody and will appear at Jersey Magistrates' Court on Thursday morning.

His English club, Gloucester, said in a statement: "Gloucester Rugby are aware of an incident involving Danny Cipriani in the early hours of Wednesday morning following an incident at a St Helier nightclub."

The club confirmed he had been arrested and charged, and that he will be appearing in court.

A States of Jersey Police spokesman said: "This afternoon 30-year-old Daniel Cipriani was charged with common assault, larceny, assault on police, resisting arrest and disorderly on licensed premises.

Danny Cipriani is back in the England Test squad. Photo: Getty Images"He's been remanded in custody until his court appearance at the magistrates' court at 10am tomorrow.

"He was arrested at the early hours of this morning following an incident in Mulcaster Street in St Helier."

The Sun newspaper published an alleged eye-witness account that detailed the arrest, which alleged Cipriani was "sozzled".

“Cipriani was in a row after a big disagreement with a burly bouncer," the alleged witness told the Sun.

“The player wanted to take his drink outside, but wasn’t allowed.

“An argument broke out, and neither man backed down.

“Things turned nasty and there was a scuffle as the duo spilled out into the street.

“He could clearly be heard saying, ‘These wrists are gold, loosen the cuffs’. It caused a bit of a laugh.

“When the police arrested him he was very relaxed.

“St Helier is like a small village and nothing happens here without everyone knowing.

“A few clubbers who watched the drama were die-hard England fans. Even as Cipriani was taken away, people were asking if it meant the end of his international career.”