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After making his England debut in the 2008 Six Nations, Danny Cipriani appeared to have the rugby world at his feet. The then-21-year-old produced a magnificent display as England thumped Ireland 33-10; surely England had found the heir apparent for legend Jonny Wilkinson.
But even at that early stage his performance was sandwiched between two pieces of controversy. He was prevented from making his debut earlier in the tournament after being photographed leaving a nightclub at an inappropriate hour, and he then swore live on TV while being interviewed after the England victory.
Sadly these two incidents were a taste of things to come, as Cipriani continuously failed to follow the fine example set by teammates at Wasps, who at the time were the premier team in Europe.
Like Henson, Cipriani has a fondness for the limelight and also has dated a number of celebrities in his time. Like Henson, Cipriani has also struggled to win the approval of teammates and is no stranger to a firm right-hander.
After several successful years with Wasps, Cipriani moved to Super 15 side Melbourne Rebels in a bid to improve his game. His time in Australia was not without incident, and his off-field antics were not helped by glaring lapses in his on-field defense.
Cipriani is due to start his second campaign with Sale Sharks after a reasonable first season after returning from Australia. But still he was unable to avoid controversy and earlier this year was back in the headlines, this time for getting hit by a bus while on a night out with teammates.
He claims still to have ambitions to play for England, and, at 25, time is on his side.
But there are so many players ahead of him in the England ranking that it looks unlikely he will ever reclaim his place. In the meantime, he continues to be fodder for the British tabloids.