sport news Gloucester 27-16 Northampton: Danny Cipriani impresses in front of Eddie Jones

Danny Cipriani delivered an impressive display in front of England boss Eddie Jones as Gloucester launched their Gallagher Premiership campaign with a 27-16 victory over Northampton.

The Gloucester and England fly-half brilliantly created a first half try for wing Charlie Sharples and was at the heart of his team's attacking intent on his first Premiership appearance since leaving Wasps.

Hooker James Hanson also touched down and centre Billy Twelvetrees kicked 17 points to see off a Northampton side boosted by England captain Dylan Hartley's Premiership return following his concussion issues of last season.

Danny Cipriani showed off some sublime skills in attacking to help Gloucester to victory

Danny Cipriani showed off some sublime skills in attacking to help Gloucester to victory

Charlie Sharples was the beneficiary of one of Cipriani's magical passes in the first half

Charlie Sharples was the beneficiary of one of Cipriani's magical passes in the first half

Saints posted tries for centre Piers Francis and lock Courtney Lawes, with Dan Biggar booting two penalties on a sometimes inconsistent Premiership bow.

But Hartley and company could only stand and admire Cipriani's audacity as he performed with the consistency that underpinned a Test match return against South Africa just over two months ago.

Cipriani lined up 10 days after an independent disciplinary panel upheld a Rugby Football Union charge of 'conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game' against him.

That hearing followed his conviction last month for common assault and resisting arrest in Jersey, but if Jones required a reminder of Cipriani's rugby ability, he will have left the west country with a spring in his step.

Eddie Jones was in the stands and Cipriani will have done his England aspirations no harm

Eddie Jones was in the stands and Cipriani will have done his England aspirations no harm

Northampton put up a strong fight but ultimately came up short in the season opener

Northampton put up a strong fight but ultimately came up short in the season opener

Jones and England forwards coach Steve Borthwick looked on as Cipriani swung the game into action, with Gloucester taking a second-minute lead

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