"Serious clutching" - Danny Cipriani slams newspaper for controversial article and photo - Ruck

“Serious clutching” – Danny Cipriani slams newspaper for controversial article and photo

Danny Cipriani has taken aim at the Daily Mail, slamming the publication for suggesting he was smoking a ‘suspicious looking cigarette’ during a recent trip to LA.

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The article referenced Cipriani’s past struggles with substance abuse and his claims of sobriety, insinuating a relapse due to the joint.

In his post on X the former England fly-half slammed the newspaper’s approach,. He wrote: “You are seriously clutching… Nothing unusual.

“You won’t exist in the next 3 years. Everyone is getting privy to lies you conjure in the namesake to make money.

“The lies you conjure for a headline… Without care for what you do to humans. Life is beautiful, and my heart is full of love.

“You have caused people to take their own lives. But continue to write non stories without care for human life, you can continue with me.”

New partner:

Cipriani and Anna Lynne McCord have been growing closer over the past few weeks, and most recently, they’ve been enjoying the sunny Egyptian weather together.

The ex-rugby player and the American actress, famed for her role as Naomi Clark in the Beverly Hills reboot 90210, embarked on a journey to Egypt to explore its historical wonders.

Their tour, organized by Sacred Awakenings tour guide and Unknown Egypt Travel agency, promises an exciting adventure through ancient sites.


Fullback: Israel Folau (Australia)

Owens said: “For me, it’s nip and tuck between Halfpenny and Folau, next to nothing to choose between them. Leigh is brilliant because under the high ball and with his kicking at goal under pressure. He may not always break the line when running but puts his body on the line in defence and is a top-notch match-winner.

“But I go for Folau – only just, I should stress – because of his ability to seemingly beat his man every time he gets the ball in his hand. He’s such an exciting player and like Leigh he is one of the best under the high ball.

“It’s a toss of a coin for me… and it’s come down in Folau’s favour.”

Winger: Stuart Hogg (Scotland)

Owens said: “How can you fail to be impressed when watching Hogg play. He’s so exciting as he burst into that line and, of course, was named Six Nations player of the tournament.

“I know he’s a full-back for Scotland, but he is so quick and direct he could easily play on the wing. He reminds me a bit of Shane Williams with some of the things he does.

“When you see who is on the other wing in my team, you’ll see how they would work brilliantly in tandem.”

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Outside-centre: Brian O’Driscoll (Ireland)

Owens said: “Not only is he one of the greatest centres in the history of rugby union but he’s a fantastic man off the field as well. O’Driscoll has been a wonderful ambassador for the sport and a real leader. He always respected referees and set the right example for others to follow.

“A legend of the game who conducted himself superbly, on and off the pitch.”

Inside-centre: Ma’a Nonu (New Zealand)

Owens said: “He’s another brilliant player and after every game, win or lose, he would come up and give me a hug. Ma’a has always found time at after-match functions or at breakfast if we’ve been staying at the same hotel to come over and have a chat.

“What a player, mind, too. One of the stalwarts of the New Zealand side for so many years.”

Winger: Shane Williams (Wales)

Owens said: “When people ask me who is the best player I have refereed it’s pretty much an impossible task to pick one because I’ve been lucky enough to take charge of so many greats.

“But if I’m pushed, I would pick Shane for what he achieved after coming from football at 17 or 18 years of age.

“He was in the mould of Gerald Davies in how he left defenders gasping for air as he beat them with those dazzling sidesteps. Nobody would fancy defending against a back three of Shane, Hogg and Folau, I can tell you that.”