England team-mates Danny Cipriani and Josh Lewsey exchanged punches during a Wasps training session on Tuesday.
Wasps play their first European Cup game against Castres on Sunday and the incident, described by one English media sector as a ‘show that the competitive juices are flowing’, can’t be good for team morale. Wasps are currently sitting at 10th on the Premiership table having lost four of their five league games.
Both men have since apologised which is significant not just for the club but for England as well. With flyhalf Jonny Wilkinson ruled out of the November Tests due to a knee injury, Cipriani is tipped to step into the limelight alongside Test regulars like Lewsey.