European Challenge Cup winners Gloucester have pulled off something of a coup with the news that former England international fly-half Danny Cipriani will arrive at Kingsholm for the 2018-19 season.
Cipriani 30, spent 6 years with Wasps over 2 spells, winning a Premiership title in 2008 along with the 2007 Heineken Cup (European Rugby Champions Cup). He also had spells with Sale sharks (2012-16) and Super Rugby side Melbourne Rebels (2011-12).
Speaking ahead of the move to Kingsholm Cipriani said, “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.”
The North Stand, or ‘The Shed’ as its more commonly known, runs down the length of the pitch at Kingsholm, and with up to 3,000 Gloucester supporters screaming at the top of their voices its not unknown for the hairs on the back of your neck from standing bolt upright.
“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.”
“I’ve still some important rugby to play for Wasps in the meantime and, when the time comes, it’s probably going to be an emotional farewell. But that’s the modern game, we’ll part on good terms and wish each other well for the future. The next chapter of my career will be as a Gloucester Rugby player and I’m really looking forward to it.”
Gloucester Head Coach Johan Ackermann is delighted to welcome the new addition as he continues to build his squad for the new session. Ackermann said, “We’re absolutely delighted that Danny has signed for Gloucester Rugby. As one of the most influential and talented fly halves in the Aviva Premiership over the past decade, the chance to sign him was simply too good an opportunity to turn down.”
Ciprian has recently been recalled into the England squad under head coach Eddie Jones and Ackermann knows he getting a player at the top of his game, “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.
“We look forward to welcoming him to Kingsholm after a successful tour to South Africa.”