Wednesday 21 March 2018

Danny Cipriani rejects Toulon and Harlequins to sign new Sale deal in boost for England

Danny Cipriani scores a try for England against Italy. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire
Danny Cipriani scores a try for England against Italy. Photo: Adam Davy/PA Wire

England star Danny Cipriani has rejected the advances of French giants Toulon by signing a new two-year deal with Sale Sharks.

The club claims Cipriani's decision to commit his future to Sharks is 'arguably the most important result of the season' and a massive boost for Steve Diamond's side.

Cipriani, who first burst onto the scene as a teenager with Wasps, has made a huge impact at Sale since joining from Melbourne Rebels in the summer of 2012 and his superb form over the past 18 months has seen him earn a recall to the England set-up.

Given his resurgence at Sale, Cipriani emerged as a key target for Toulon who were prepared to offer him a big-money deal to cross the Channel and play in France's Top 14.

According to the club, Premiership rivals Harlequins and Gloucester also made enquiries about luring him away from the North West, with big-spending Championship side Bristol also interested.

However, Cipriani has decide to stay put and, in signing on, the 27-year-old fly-half becomes the 10th player to agree to a new deal at Sale.

"I am delighted to have put pen to paper at last and signed the new deal," said Cipriani.

"We've got some great young talent at the club with players like Mike Haley, Will Addison, Tommy Taylor, Ross Harrison and Josh Beaumont all having really come to the fore over the past year or so.

"It's a quality set-up and the future looks great at the club with some exciting times ahead.

"One of the main reasons I signed the new deal was that we've got a tight squad and it embraces new talent.

"It's also an environment that makes you feel very welcome so, as I say, I'm really thrilled about signing the new deal and looking forward to the future."

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