Rugby

Cipriani to leave Wasps at the end of the season

2018-02-13 07:24
Danny Cipriani (Gallo)

London - Former England international Danny Cipriani will leave Wasps at the end of the season, the player and his English Premiership club announced on Monday. 

With Wasps having already signed New Zealand flyhalf Lima Sopoaga from Super Rugby side the Highlanders for next season, Cipriani sees his long-term future elsewhere.

"Leaving Wasps for the first time was hard enough," said Cipriani, on his Twitter account. "Now is the time to announce that I'm leaving the club for a second time. 

"Sadness will most likely be the overriding emotion, come the end of May. But I'm also hoping mixed with the sadness will be a lot of joy, as the job isn't finished yet. 

"You'll get nothing but my absolute commitment from myself and the team for the rest of the season." 

The 30-year-old flyhalf, who won the last of his 14 England caps three years ago, has yet to decide on his next destination. 

But Cipriani is determined to lead Wasps to the Premiership title, having lost to Exeter in last year's final. 

"I will take some time to decide my next move. Thank you to the Wasps faithful! Let's go one better this year." 

He previously played for the club from 2006-2010 before stints with Australia's Melbourne Storm and Premiership rivals Sale preceded his 2016 return. 

Cipriani has been linked with a switch to French giants Toulon, while a lucrative move to play club rugby in Japan also remains an option. 

Cipriani was widely regarded as one of the most talented players of his generation and when he made his England debut, aged just 20, in 2008 he seemed set for a long international career. 

But injuries and a falling out with the then England management, who took a dim view of Cipriani appearing on the front pages of British national newspapers as a result of a colourful private life which saw him date models and actresses, meant he never enjoyed an extended run in the national side.

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