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Cipriani's trial continues after judge dismisses bid to have case thrown out

Cipriani crashed his Mercedes into a taxi in June last year Credit: PA

England Rugby star Danny Cipriani's trial for drink-driving will continue after a judge dismissed a bid to have the case thrown out.

The 28-year-old Sale Sharks player crashed his black Mercedes into a taxi in June last year.

He is accused of being so drunk his eyes were "glazed", he slurred his words and could not stand straight after the crash.

Jurors heard that a breathalyser test showed Cipriani had 67 micrograms of alcohol per 100ml of breath - nearly twice the drink-drive limit in England and Wales of 35 micrograms.

The defence said there was not "sufficient" evidence the breathalyser test in the police station was working properly but Senior District Judge Howard Riddle ruled that Cipriani has a case to answer.


Sharks hold news conference later to react to Cipriani's departure

Cipriani's had four seasons at Sale Credit: PA

Sale Rugby Club are holding a news conference later to give their reaction to losing Danny Cipriani.

Cipriani made 65 appearances and scored more than 500 points. Credit: PA

He's activated a clause in his contract allowing him to leave with a year still left on his deal with the Sharks to go back to his old Club Wasps.

He's returning to his old club Wasps Credit: PA

Sale were confident they'd hold on to him, but a big money move to his former club proved too tempting.

Sale Sharks' Danny Cipriani misses out on England World Cup squad

Danny Cipriani has been omitted from England's World Cup squad Credit: PA Images

England have omitted Sale Sharks fly-half Danny Cipriani from their World Cup squad, according to reports from Press Association Sport.

Cipriani mounted a late challenge for inclusion in the 31-man party that will be announced on Thursday lunchtime, but has found his path blocked at fly-half and full-back.

The 27-year-old's exclusion comes despite inspiring England's fightback in the 25-20 defeat by France in Paris on Saturday with a dynamic final-quarter cameo from the bench.

Cipriani was arrested and bailed on suspicion of drink driving after a collision in London in June. A decision on whether to charge him had been delayed until later in the Autumn leaving him free to play in the World Cup.


Cipriani available for the World Cup after being re-bailed over drink-drive allegation

Danny Cipriani during an England training session at Pennyhill Park, Surrey. Credit: Press Association.

Rugby star Danny Cipriani, who was arrested on suspicion of drink driving following an early morning car crash, has been re-bailed.

The Sale Sharks and England player, 27, was unhurt in a collision between his Mercedes and a Toyota in the Chelsea area of west London shortly after 5am on June 1.

A police spokesman confirmed that the 27-year-old had been re-bailed to a date in mid-November pending further inquiries.

The timing means Cipriani will be available for England's squad for the World Cup, which ends on October 31.

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