Wasps keep hold of rising star

London Wasps starlet Danny Cipriani has signed a new two year contract with the club that will see him wearing a Wasps shirt until the end of 2008-9.

Cipriani, still only 19, made his first team debut for Wasps in December 2006 and has since gone on to make 14 first team appearances, including starts in Wasps’ crucial Heineken Cup pool games against Perpignan and Castres in January. He has scored four tries so far.

A product of Whitgift School, Cipriani has been a part of the Wasps Academy since he was 15 and the teenager’s list of honours is already impressive.

He has already represented England at U16 and U19 level, and has the experience of two U19 World Championships under his belt.

“I’m very excited about the next two years, and being part of a Wasps squad that has such a good mix of experienced players and youngsters coming through,” he beamed on Tuesday.

“I believe that with the squad we are currently putting together, Wasps are building a team for the future as well as the present.”

Director of Rugby Ian McGeechan, who is developing an exciting team of youngsters in Wycombe, was delighted to wrap up the signature of possibly his brightest prospect.

“I’m delighted to have secured the future two years of another of our young guns at Wasps,” he said.

“This is an exciting time for the club, with the number of young talented players that we are bringing through from our Academy, and they are gaining a real benefit from growing up and developing together as they come through the system.

“Danny is one of several young players who will play key roles in our long term development plan. I’m delighted that he, along with Dominic Waldouck, Tom Rees, James Haskell and other Academy youngsters coming through, wants to be part of what we are trying to do at Wasps in the long term.

“Having these players as part of Wasps plans makes it a very exciting future for the club.”

 

365 Digital

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