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By Jake Jones
The speculation surrounding Danny Cipriani’s future has been decided and the England international is to join Gloucester for the 2018/19 season on a two year deal.
The announcement comes after his contract at Wasps came to an end at the conclusion of the Premiership season. Cipriani has elected to remain in England in order to stay in the England fold as opposed to taking up a lucrative offer from France.
Gloucester director of rugby David Humphreys said, “We’re absolutely delighted that Danny has signed for Gloucester Rugby. As one of the most influential and talented fly halves in the Premiership over the past decade, the chance to sign him was simply too good an opportunity to turn down.
“He’s probably in the best form of his career, reflected in his selection in the England squad to tour South Africa, and his signing is a significant one for the club.
“Danny is very excited by the challenge of joining Gloucester and his arrival will strengthen our current options at no 10 and will complement the rest of the squad that we are still assembling for next season.
“At 30 years old, he brings a wealth of Premiership and Champions Cup experience to Gloucester and his signing is a real statement of intent by the club to compete at the highest level in both competitions next season.
Cipriani added, “I’ve always enjoyed playing at Kingsholm and am excited at the prospect of spending the next few years in Cherry and White and playing in front of the Shed.
“Having spoken in depth with David Humphreys and Johan Ackermann, the future they have planned for the club is enticing and one that I very much want to be part of. It’s the most exciting move of my career to date.
Cipriani won the last of his 14 England caps in the World Cup warm-up against France in August 2015.