Sunday 4 December 2016

Danny Cipriani 'snubs Toulon to re-join Wasps'

Published 16/02/2016 | 10:23

England's Danny Cipriani
England's Danny Cipriani

Danny Cipriani will leave Sale Sharks at the end of the season and join former club Wasps, according to reports.

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The Daily Mail claims the England fly-half has agreed a two-year deal worth around £300,000 a season after rejecting offers from Toulon and Harlequins.

The deal could even be announced in the next 48 hours with Cipriani, who has a year remaining on his contract, set to trigger a break clause at Sale, who he joined in 2013.

Cipriani, 28, began his professional career as an 18-year-old with Wasps. He also burst onto the England scene, but with a liking for the spotlight and London practically on his doorstep, the flamboyant No 10 often found himself in the news for the wrong reasons and he left under a cloud to join Melbourne Rebels.

However, since returning to England with Sale, Cipriani has ressurected his career and narrowly missed out on a place in Stuart Lancaster's World Cup squad.

He has also failed to break his way into Eddie Jones's thinking so far, prompting speculation he would chase the Euro with big-spending French outfit Toulon.

Cipriani, though, has been encouraged by Jones not to give up on his England ambitions and will stay in the Aviva Premiership - in Coventry.

Signing Cipriani would also be a big signal of intent from Wasps, who have put previous financial worries behind them to find commercial strength at their new base - Coventry's Ricoh Arena.

Sale were due to hold a scheduled press conference today ahead of Saturday's Premiership clash against Worcester but have postponed until tomorrow, suggesting a Cipriani announcement is imminent.

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