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DANNY CIPRIANI is in hot water over allegations about his celebrity lifestyle and 'Big Time Charlie' attitude.
The former golden boy of English rugby is photographed posing on the front row at an Armani fashion show in Milan when he should have been meeting England manager Martin Johnson. Cipriani's excuse that he was simply delivering some tickets to Giorgio and Naomi for the Twickenham match against Scotland cuts no ice.
Johnson refuses to believe that the world famous designer has any interest in the sport, even though Armani does favour flattering, cut-off white shorts and a skin tight breathable body suit with shoulder padding in his spring collection.
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The high profile centre is hurt by the defeat because Welsh rugby means so much to him - but more because he can't believe Cipriani was invited to the Armani show and he wasn't.
Gavin wouldn't have bothered with that all-over tanning session, full body wax and deluxe hair tint if he'd known.
Fitness guru: John Daly
MONDAYTECHNICAL changes brought in to Formula One with the intention of increasing competition have the side effect of pushing the slower cars to the front of the starting grid. This is great news for forgotten man Jenson Button in his modified Sinclair C5 with homemade cardboard rear spoiler.
TUESDAYJUSTIN ROSE blames an obsessive fitness regime for a poor season that saw him plummet down the golf rankings. Rose will cut back on the gym work in a bid to rediscover the form that took him to No 6 in the world. John Daly offers to mentor the Englishman.
WEDNESDAYENGLAND boss Fabio Capello warns troubled Wayne Rooney and Ashley Cole that they must fulfil their responsibilities as international players by behaving appropriately.
Capello plans further counselling with the pair but the first meeting is delayed because it clashes with Rooney's anger management class and if he doesn't go this week he will be thrown out for poor attendance.
THURSDAYSTEVEN GERRARD promises to be less selfish and stop demanding to play in a central role for England. But only if he is still allowed to choose the team kit and where he gets to sit on the coach.
***DAVID COULTHARD, the BBC's new formula one pundit, has to dig out his old race overalls when Red Bull are forced to register him as their reserve driver because of a blunder with paperwork. However, Coulthard does not expect to compete. No change there then.
***JOHN TERRY'S preparations for England's friendly are interrupted when it is revealed that his mother and mother-in-law are accused of shoplifting. The pair are alleged to have taken sportswear. What upsets Terry most is the rumour that they didn't bother with his Chelsea shirt or tracksuit.Please note: No elite sporting icons were harmed in the writing of this column.