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Cipriani named in match-day squad


Danny Cipriani

Danny Cipriani

Danny Cipriani

Melbourne Rebels coach Rod Macqueen claims all "issues have been sorted" after confirming Danny Cipriani will be in the 22 for Friday night's clash with the Brumbies in Canberra.

Season-ending injuries to Hugh Pyle and James Hilgendorf have helped to create an opening for Cipriani, who hasn't played since the Rebels' 28-9 loss to the Waratahs in late April. He was dropped for breaking a team pact by going out on the town with Richard Kingi in Sydney and was suspended for the Rebels' two-week tour of South Africa shortly afterwards.

"The issues have been sorted between his management and the (players) association and the club," said Macqueen. "It's good to have him available for selection. He'll be in the 22 at least."

Asked whether there was a future for Cipriani at the club beyond this season, Macqueen added: "It's totally up to Danny. If he wants it, it's there for him."

Full-back Mark Gerrard said Cipriani had worked hard to improve his standing with his Rebels team-mates.

"We have policies in place and obviously Danny did break them," said Gerrard.

"He missed the (South African) tour and that's a fairly significant punishment on the playing group's behalf.

"He's been training hard the last few weeks to get back in the squad and that's something I commend him on, and his attitude.

"He's gone out to the schools and rugby teams to help out...and that's something that we pride ourselves on.

"To have Danny back is great for the club and hopefully he can stick around for a few years to come."

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