Gloucester favoured to snare Wasps fly-half Danny Cipriani

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Gloucester have emerged as favourites to sign Wasps fly-half Danny Cipriani on a long-term deal at the end of the Aviva Premiership season.

Cipriani is due to leave Wasps when his contract runs out in the summer but having been recalled to Eddie Jones’ England squad it appears that any interest in a move to France has cooled.

The former Sale and Melbourne Rebels playmaker needs to be playing his club rugby in England next season to be considered for 2019 Rugby World Cup selection, and following Thursday’s announcement he has received interest from three Premiership clubs.

ESPN understands that Kingsholm is his most likely destination, however, and a contract could be signed as early as Monday. A source close to the deal, meanwhile, indicated that it would not merely be an agreement to take Cipriani up to next year’s tournament in Japan.

Gloucester suffered an agonising defeat in the Challenge Cup final in Bilbao on Friday night, but they have made progress under head coach Johan Ackermann this season and are viewed as a club on the up.

Cipriani’s arrival would not be good news for Billy Burns, who has impressed in the No. 10 shirt for the Cherry and Whites this season and assisted one of his side’s three tries against the Blues at the San Mames Stadium.



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