Gloucester have confirmed the signing of England fly-half Danny Cipriani ahead of the 2018/19 season.
The 30-year-old has spent the last two seasons with Premiership semi-finalists Wasps after spells with the Melbourne Rebels and Sale Sharks. Capped 14 times by England, Cipriani earned his first call-up under England boss Eddie Jones last Thursday and is set to make a return to the Test arena for the first time since 2015.
Gloucester Director of Rugby David Humphries spoke about the signing of Cipriani earlier today, clearly excited about the squad he and Head Coach Johan Ackermann are building at Kingsholm.
“We’re absolutely delighted that Danny has signed for Gloucester Rugby." said Humphries, "As one of the most influential and talented fly halves in the Premiership over the past decade, the chance to sign him was simply too good an opportunity to turn down.
“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.”
Meanwhile, Cipriani himself is looking forward to the next exciting challenge in his career.
“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.
“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.”