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Cipriani wants to go out on a high after confirming he'll leave Wasps

 

By Steve Simpson

Danny Cipriani will leave Wasps at the end of the season, but has yet to determine his next move. The England fly-half has confirmed his second stint at Wasps will end this summer, just two years after returning to his boyhood club from Sale Sharks.

The 30-year-old insisted he would mull over his options, with offers tabled from overseas clubs, on confirming his Wasps departure in a Twitter statement.

Cipriani insisted he wants to lead Wasps to the Aviva Premiership title in his final season at the Coventry club, having graced the English outfit from 2006 to 2010, before stints with Melbourne Rebels and Sale preceded his 2016 return.

"Leaving Wasps for the first time was hard enough," said Cipriani on his Twitter account. "Now is the time to announce that I'm leaving the club for a second time.

"Sadness will most likely be the overriding emotion, come the end of May. But I'm also hoping mixed with the sadness will be a lot of joy, as the job isn't finished yet.

"You'll get nothing but my absolute commitment from myself and the team for the rest of the season. I will take some time to decide my next move. Thank you to the Wasps faithful! Let's go one better this year."

Cipriani has been linked with a lucrative move to play club rugby in Japan next term, but will also receive strong interest from top outfits in France.

The 14-cap England star has twice nearly signed for Toulon in the past, and the Cote d'Azur giants are now likely to renew their interests in his services once again.

Wasps have already signed New Zealand fly-half Lima Sopoaga for next season, who will switch to the Premiership from Super Rugby outfit the Highlanders.

Rugby director Dai Young said: "We wish him well. We would also like to thank him for all his efforts in a Wasps shirt."

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