Cipriani was left nursing a bloody nose and cut lip following the incident at Wasps' training ground.

The spat started after Lewsey accused Cipriani of missing several tackles during a full-contact session.

In the Rebels second ever game in the Super Rugby competition against the Brumbies, Cipriani scored the Rebels's first points from a penalty kick.

Cipriani's off-field behaviour has caused him problems with the Rebels.

After the first match of the season, a loss to the NSW Waratahs, he was accused of taking a bottle of vodka from behind a Melbourne bar. In May he and team-mate Richard Kingi were stood down for the game against the Queensland Reds, after failing to meet standards agreed by the Rebel players' group.

and made his debut against Bristol Rugby aged 17 in December 2004 in the Powergen Cup.

Cipriani joined the London Wasps Academy full-time in the 2006–07 season.

While England's manager Martin Johnson said he would not select Cipriani if he moved to the southern hemisphere, In August 2010 Neil Warnock, manager of the London-based football club Queens Park Rangers, revealed Cipriani would train with the Rangers and might even play for the reserves in preparation for his move to Melbourne.

His ill-discipline off the field has cost him the chance to play more.

After Alex King left Wasps in the summer of 2007, the fly-half position at the club became vacant, and, after playing in a series of positions for Wasps in the early games of the 2007–08 season Cipriani played two games in an at fly-half, against Gloucester and Munster, London Wasps winning both.

He is quicker over 69 metres than Paul Sackey and this story was confirmed by their sprinting coach.

This injury ruled him out of the Autumn Internationals for England.

It would be two months before he made his comeback playing in a London Wasps A game against Harlequins, 7 December, playing for 40 minutes.

He started the match against Ireland on 15 March 2008, which England won 33–10, replacing Jonny Wilkinson at fly-half.