Wasps wait for Cipriani call
Published 19/02/2010 | 05:00
Wasps expect to be told within the next fortnight whether they can bank on Danny Cipriani's services for next season.
Their out-half has been heavily linked with a move to the new professional rugby franchise in Australia, the Melbourne Rebels, even though Rod Macqueen, the Rebels coach, recently declared that the 22-year-old Londoner was "not the player we want right now".
It is widely acknowledged that Macqueen, who guided his country to the World Cup in 1999, wants the Wallaby midfielder Berrick Barnes to front up his challenge in next year's expanded Super 15 competition. There again, Barnes plays a good deal in the centre while Cipriani does a regular turn at full-back. It is not inconceivable the two could play in the same side, although together they would cost the Rebels the equivalent of a pot of gold.
Meanwhile, Wales suffered another blow on the personnel front yesterday when hooker Gareth Williams was ruled out of the game with France in Cardiff next Friday.
The Cardiff Blues front-rower is suffering from knee trouble and joins the Lions hooker Matthew Rees on an ever-expanding casualty list. Huw Bennett, the Ospreys player, is likely to fill the gap, with the uncapped Scarlets forward Ken Owens on the bench. (© Independent News Service)