Danny Cipriani in talks over Melbourne future

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Melbourne Rebels assistant coach Damien Hill has denied suggestions Danny Cipriani has walked out on the club but concedes talks are ongoing about the Englishman's future with the Super 15 new boys.

Cipriani was axed from the Rebels' recent two-week tour of South Africa and trained with the few players left at home after breaching the club's disciplinary code.



The controversy prompted reports the fly-half had quit the Rebels but Hill insisted that was not the case.



He said today: "Nothing like that. There are discussions taking place between the administration and Danny's management that will hopefully be resolved today and that will decide Danny's availability for selection.



"It's not ideal, but that's the way it is at the moment. There are issues that need to be resolved and that's being handled by the administration."



The Rebels are expected to name their team for Friday night's home showdown against South African powerhouses the Stormers tomorrow.



Cipriani has experienced a rollercoaster ride since arriving in Australia.



He was fined after reportedly taking a bottle of vodka from a Melbourne nightclub, but went from villain to hero by nailing a match-winning penalty in the Rebels' first ever victory.



The 23-year-old played important roles in Melbourne's two other Super Rugby wins against the Western Force and Hurricanes, but poor defence saw him dropped to the bench.



Cipriani then found himself in more hot water when he and team-mate Richard Kingi broke a team curfew after a loss to the Waratahs in Sydney in late April.

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