Dallaglio pleads with Cipriani to remain a Wasp

Lawrence Dallaglio says that he has told his former team mate Danny Cipriani to “think about more than money” when he considers signing for a new team or a new deal with Wasps.

Wasps have a number of players like Cipriani, 21, and James Haskell, 23 who are coming off contract after the current season.

Cipriani has shown much promise in the Premiership and there has been interest from a number of teams interested in signing the young England player.

Dallaglio is now on the Wasps board after a Steve Hayes’ takeover and he says that players should be considering “where they have the best chance of winning trophies”.

“This is still one of the very best places to win trophies.” he told the BBC.

Dallaglio spent all of his career with Wasps even though he was offered more money from other clubs. He retired last season when the club won the Premiership by defeating Leicester 26-16 at Twickenham in May.

Thirty six year old Dallaglio maintains that the sought-after Cipriani and England team-mate Haskell could fulfil their potential at the club.

“You make decisions in rugby on what you feel your priorities are,” said the World Cup winner, whose new role on the board will primarily be in player recruitment and talent spotting.

“A player in the modern age has to think about more than money.

“They have to think about where they get their best rugby education. They have to consider what prepares them best for international rugby and there is no place that prepares them better than here.

“If you have the right place to thrive you can bring out the best in your talents. All the players here are in that environment and they will not necessarily find it elsewhere.”

New owner Hayes, who is also managing director of Wycombe Wanderers FC, said on Wednesday that one of his priorities is finalising new contracts for high profile players like Cipriani and Haskell.

In the past Cipriani has said that he hopes the developments on the board help the club hold on to its best talent.

“I would like to stay at Wasps and have my future here.”

“I’ve just got to know about the players who are going to stay around as well,” Cipriani stated.

“I think Steve is going to try and get all the contracts done as a whole team.”

“Everyone has got that bit of uncertainty above their heads so it’s good that everyone knows where they are going.



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