Danny Cipriani turned down overseas offers to revive England career

Last Updated May 15 2018, 16:15Rugby Union
Danny Cipriani
Danny Cipriani

Danny Cipriani has confirmed his decision to turn down lucrative offers from overseas to join Gloucester was based on an England lifeline from Eddie Jones - and has promised his best is yet to come.

The 30-year-old fly-half will leave Wasps when his contract expires this summer and Kingsholm was confirmed as his next destination on Monday.

Big money offers from abroad were among his options but his desire to remain eligible for England was a huge factor.

So when Jones made the call to bring him back into the national team after a three-year absence last week, it was an easy decision.

Cipriani, who has scored three tries and 64 points in 14 Tests, will travel for the summer tour of South Africa after the impending Premiership play-offs.

He told Press Association Sport: "I was waiting on a possible England call-up. It definitely wasn't expected and it happened and obviously made the decision for me to stay in England.

"That's not to say I was definitely going to go abroad if it didn't happen, but it was something I was looking at.

"It was a difficult position, having to keep putting clubs off, and it kept happening. So it was very timely and I'm very grateful for the call-up.

"I've played rugby my whole life so I could try to play for England. I've had moments when I've had that and moments when I haven't," he continued.

"When you're young you don't quite savour those moments as much but at this point in your career, just coming into my prime, you really do appreciate moments, be it training days or match days. You're much more in the here and now and that's something I'm really enjoying."

Cipriani revealed Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann and director of rugby David Humphreys inspired his decision to make the move.

"I decided on Gloucester after meeting with David and Johan and hearing the vision they have for the squad and what they're building there," he said ahead of this weekend's play-off semi-final at Saracens.

"It is definitely exciting and something that I feel is going to be a great challenge for next season."

Cipriani will be the first to admit he has had a career of ups and downs.

However, as his recent form suggests, he insists his best is still to come.

"There's definitely more to come from me," he said. "There's always time to keep learning, getting better and improving. I'm adamant about that and something I focus on.

"I make sure I do my self-analysis and work with the coaches to find learning points in order to keep improving - and there are definitely areas to keep improving."

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