Cipriani turns to Welsh legend Evans for injury advice

England and Wasps fly half Danny Cipriani has turned to former Wales captain Ieuan Evans (pictured) for advice as he tries to return from the serious injury he picked up in May.

Cipriani, 20, suffered a fracture dislocation of his right ankle playing for Wasps against Bath in May which ruled him out of all rugby until possibly the end of the year and started with England’s tour to New Zealand.

The reason that Cipriani has turned to Evans is because in 1994 Evans suffered a similar injury.

Wales defence coach and Cipriani’s head coach as Wasps Shaun Edwards says that Evans has been quick to offer his support.

“Ieuan has become a bit of a mentor for Danny,” Edwards told the BBC.

“He had a very similar injury and Ieuan was one who played the game who had great speed, similar to Danny and it helped him speaking to Ieuan Evans.

“Ieuan’s an all-time great of British Isles rugby and to get that reassurance from Ieuan that Danny could come back just as quick as he was before – as Ieuan did – was very reassuring for Danny.”

Evans now 44 years old won 72 caps for Wales and another seven for the British and Irish Lions in a distinguished career during which the wing scored 34 international tries.

His career would have been more impressive had he not suffered two serious shoulder injuries and an ankle that is similar to Cipriani’s injury.

Cipriani is targeting a November return and he is hoping that he can mirror Evans as he came back from injury even stronger.

If he can return to action in November he would miss England’s internationals but he should be able to play for England in the Six Nations in 2009 which will be crucial for his British & Irish Lions hopes. .

Edwards at Wasps says that he has been impressed by Cipriani’s rehabilitation work and that he is on the right road to recovery.

“It was a bad injury, especially for a back,” Edwards added.

“Danny’s showed his resilience already and he will show it even more going forward, he’s a dedicated young lad.”

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