Edwards to keep Cipriani busy

Danny Cipriani has already started his comeback and Wasps coach Shaun Edwards plans to keep him busy during his downtime.


Edwards has already set him the task of analysing Leicester’s back play in preparation for the Guinness Premiership final at Twickenham on May 31.


Edwards visited Cipriani in the Lister Hospital in London following confirmation that the 20-year-old England and Wasps fly-half had fractured and dislocated his ankle during Sunday’s semi-final win over Bath and will be out for six months.


Cipriani had surgery on Sunday night and will remain in hospital for a couple more days for observation.


Edwards told the Telegraph that Cipriani was in very good hands. “The Wasps medical team is the best I’ve come across in 25 years of sport.


“Of course Danny is down but he’s a competitor and he will fight his way back through this. It’s important that he’s kept busy and involved, which is why I’ve asked him to help me do our analysis for the final against Leicester.”


Edwards believes Cipriani has the strength of character to cope, although he warns that it will be a hard slog back to the top.


“Danny’s bound to have his demons about this from time to time,” Edwards added.


“He’s gutted at the moment, as any competitor would be. That sort of depression is normal. He’s got to expect that. But I also know that the Wasps family will look after him.


“We often speak about the need for fortitude here, about battling through the tough times. We’ll be there for Danny.


Initial thoughts are that Cipriani will be out until the end of November, but that is only a projection as it is still early days.


“He’s not going to be rushed. It will take time to come to terms with it and I’m sure Danny will make the final steps towards a full recovery. Many a young player has had a setback and come back the stronger.


“I’m sure Danny will.”

 

Rugbyweek.com

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