Danny Cipriani turned down French clubs to keep England hopes alive

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• Cipriani: ‘I’ve played the game just to play for England’
• ‘I am the best version of myself right now,’ says fly-half

Patience has not often been a virtue credited to Danny Cipriani but the Wasps fly-half’s reward for sitting on hefty financial offers from French clubs was his first call‑up to the England squad under Eddie Jones and a two-year contract with Gloucester that will make him available for the World Cup next year.

When Wasps decided at the beginning of the year not to offer the 30‑year‑old a new contract it was expected he would follow another player who last season turned exasperation at the stalling of his Test career into euros by joining Toulon, Chris Ashton. While Cipriani has mustered only 14 caps after winning his first 10 years ago, his unwavering belief in his ability meant he could never close the chapter on England.

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Written by Paul Rees
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/may/15/danny-cipriani-england-turned-down-french-clubs-wasps under the title “Danny Cipriani turned down French clubs to keep England hopes alive”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.