It has today been announced that, Danny Cipriani has signed for Gloucester Rugby.
Cipriani’s midweek recall to the England squad to tour South Africa in June was the final piece in the jigsaw for the 30 year old who has been released by Wasps for next season and has been looking for a new club for the past few months.
There had been plenty of speculation and interest surrounding the fly-half’s future with at least two Top 14 clubs in France wanting to acquire his signature.
However, Cipriani was still intent on pressing his claims for England despite the fact that he had not featured under Eddie Jones and won the last of his 14 caps three years ago.
(Image: Danny Cipriani stands to sing the English national anthem.)
So far this season he has been in outstanding form for Wasps, helping them into the Aviva Premiership play-offs.
Cipriani is certain to be involved when Wasps take on Saracens in the first of the semi-finals at Allianz Park on Saturday.
The lure of playing international rugby has evidently kept Cipriani on English shores. Despite being out of favour in recent years, he has always backed himself and his ability to get himself back into the international frame.
Analysis of Cipriani’s move
Danny Cipriani’s move to Gloucester may raise a few eyebrows when officially announced but when you delve deeper in to it the move could be the perfect match.
With a strong forward pack that will give the out-half front-foot ball and an excitingly quick back three, Cipriani will have ample opportunity to showcase his ability to England coach, Eddie Jones.
(Images: Danny Cipriani has helped Wasps reach the Premiership semi-finals this season.)
One of the key aspects that will have drawn Cipriani to Kingsholm would be the possession and pass-heavy brand of rugby.
He likes to have his hands on the ball and work down a defence through many phases before his killer instinct comes into play and he dissects his opposition to put through his team-mates.
Whilst Gloucester have vastly improved under Johan Ackermann, in the same breath you can also say that the Cherry and Whites have the ability to shoot themselves in the foot with their style of play which seems to make the acquisition of Cipriani all the more fitting.
He has all the talent in the world half the time he is making headlines for the wrong reasons.
Despite his chequered past he seems to have matured at the age of 30 and his signing should bring plenty more success to the West Country side.
If he had looked to move abroad it would have all but killed off his chances of wearing the rose again due to the RFU’s selection policy, that inhibits Eddie Jones to pick players from outside of the Aviva Premiership.
Players such as Chris Ashton and the Armitage brother, Steffon and Delon have seen their international careers cut short after hopping the channel to ply their trade in the Top 14.
It had also been rumoured that Bath were interested in bringing him to the Rec but, Cipriani appears to have opted for the challenge of helping Gloucester build on the promise they have shown this season under new head coach, Johan Ackermann.
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The Cherry and Whites have finished seventh in the Premiership but have qualified for the Champions Cup next season by reaching the Challenge Cup final in Bilbao on Friday night where they were edged out in a nail-biting finale by Cardiff Blues, 31-30, full-back, Gareth Anscombe, landing the winning penalty goal with only 65 seconds remaining.
Cipriani will be great addition to Ackermann’s squad as they will undoubtedly have the ambition to push for the Premiership four next season. The fly-half brings bags of experience and plenty of talent that should bring the best out of an exciting back-line.