Aviva Premiership: Danny Cipriani signs new Sale Sharks deal

England outside-half ends speculation over his future ahead of Rugby World Cup by signing two-year deal with Salford club

Danny Cipriani has ended speculation over his future by signing a new two-year deal with Sale Sharks.

The 27-year-old outside-half had been courted by a number of other clubs, including reigning European champions Toulon as well as Harlequins and Gloucester, but has opted to keep his Rugby World Cup dreams alive by pulling the strings in the Sharks’ backline.

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.

Danny Cipriani

Cipriani’s mercurial talents have been put to good use in Salford and the former Wasps man has thrived away from the spotlight, with his form over the last 18 months earning him an England recall last summer.

After impressing for the Red Rose on an otherwise disappointing tour of New Zealand last summer, Cipriani took advantage of a long-term injury to Owen Farrell and Stephen Myler to force his way into the England squad for this year’s RBS 6 Nations, making his first appearance in the championship in seven years last weekend as he came off the bench to score a brilliant try in England’s 47-17 win over Italy.

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

“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.”

The Aviva Premiership club had been sweating over whether or not their talisman would stay at the AJ Bell Stadium, having already secured the futures of a number of other players.

Danny is a top quality player and he’s been a very big part in our success over the past year or so.

Steve Diamond

Cipriani’s England ambitions, and recent return to the national team, put an end to the likelihood of a move abroad.

But staying in Salford rather than seeking a move further south is a rousing approval for what director of rugby Steve Diamond is doing at the club and is a huge fillip for the club ahead of this weekend’s Premiership clash with Saracens at the AJ Bell Stadium, with Cipriani set to return to the side having been released by England during the Six Nations break.

“The fact that Danny has signed his new deal and committed to Sale is a major statement for everybody,” Diamond said.

“Danny is a top quality player and he’s been a very big part in our success over the past year or so.

“He’s also been very happy living here in Manchester and everyone at the club is absolutely delighted that he is staying at the club and will be a big part of our plans going forward.”

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