Cipriani agrees to re-join former club Wasps

Danny Cipriani will rejoin Wasps for next season

Former England flyhalf Danny Cipriani has agreed to leave Sale Sharks and rejoin his former club Wasps from next season.

Twenty-eight-year-old Cipriani left Wasps in 2010 to join the Melbourne Rebels for the 2011 and 2012 seasons before he joined Sale Sharks.

Cipriani’s performances for Sale earned him a recall for England last year although he missed out on selection for the World Cup.

Cipriani, who has made 65 appearance for Wasps, was also overlooked for the Six Nations.

On the move back to his former club Danny Cipriani said: “I’m excited about returning to Wasps next season. For me, it really does feel like coming home. In the professional era, players naturally move clubs more frequently than they used to, but I still feel such a strong connection with Wasps.”

“It’s where I learned my trade, alongside incredible players like Lawrence Dallaglio, Joe Worsley, Alex King, Fraser Waters, Josh Lewsey and Paul Sackey. I have such good memories of that period in my life, I feel much more equipped to handle and deal with the expectation that comes when you put on the black and gold jersey. ”

“There’s something about Wasps which always draws you in. ‘Once a Wasp, always a Wasp’ is more than just a saying when you’ve been part of the club. I feel next season will be the right time for a new challenge, at a club which in my heart will always feel like a second home, where I know I will settle quickly.”

“It’s brilliant to see how the club has re-built over the past couple of seasons. The potential of the squad that Dai [Young] has developed is really exciting and I have been impressed by the ambition Wasps has shown since Derek Richardson took over and stabilised things. I’m really looking forward to playing alongside guys I started my career with, like James Haskell, Joe Simpson, Christian Wade and Elliot Daly, in a squad that loves to play attacking, expansive rugby.”

Wasps’ Director of Rugby Dai Young added: “We have always been keen for Danny to return to Wasps and I’m really pleased that our Wasps’ fans, many of whom supported Danny as a young lad here, will be able to see him in a Wasps’ shirt again.

“Everyone knows how talented a player Danny is and how much his game has developed since he made such an impact for England at a young age. As well as his obvious attacking attributes, Danny has matured as a player and controls the game well as a 10. At 28, there is still plenty more to come from him, so we are looking forward to seeing the contribution he will make in a Wasps’ shirt, alongside our other talented fly halves, in the exciting backline we have.”

Wasps are currently fourth in the Premiership standings.

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