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
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