Cipriani's new club confirmed
TRANSFER NEWS: England flyhalf Danny Cipriani has signed a new contract with Premiership side Gloucester.
Cipriani is arguably one of the game’s most naturally gifted performers in the professional era, and has enjoyed a superb 2017-18 season for Wasps, winning plaudits from many pundits for his performances domestically and in Europe.
The 30-year-old, who has been capped 14 times for England, is coming to the end of his second spell with Wasps and also counts Melbourne Rebels and Sale Sharks amongst his former clubs.
But, from next season he will count Kingsholm as his home ground, and Gloucester’s Director of Rugby David Humphreys is thrilled at the prospect as he and Head Coach Johan Ackermann continue to build a squad to build on the progress made this season.
"We’re absolutely delighted that Danny has signed for Gloucester Rugby. As one of the most influential and talented fly halves in the Premiership over the past decade, the chance to sign him was simply too good an opportunity to turn down.
"He’s probably in the best form of his career, reflected in his selection in the England squad to tour South Africa, and his signing is a significant one for the Club.
"Danny is very excited by the challenge of joining Gloucester and his arrival will strengthen our current options at no 10 and will complement the rest of the squad that we are still assembling for next season.
"At 30 years old, he brings a wealth of Premiership and Champions Cup experience to Gloucester and his signing is a real statement of intent by the Club to compete at the highest level in both competitions next season.
"We look forward to welcoming him to Kingsholm after a successful tour to South Africa,"
Meanwhile, Cipriani himself is looking forward to the next exciting challenge in his career.
"I’ve always enjoyed playing at Kingsholm and am excited at the prospect of spending the next few years in Cherry and White and playing in front of the Shed.
"Having spoken in depth with David Humphreys and Johan Ackermann, the future they have planned for the club is enticing and one that I very much want to be part of. It’s the most exciting move of my career to date.
"I’ve still some important rugby to play for Wasps in the meantime and, when the time comes, it’s probably going to be an emotional farewell.
"But that’s the modern game, we’ll part on good terms and wish each other well for the future. The next chapter of my career will be as a Gloucester Rugby player and I’m really looking forward to it,"