Danny Cipriani agrees Wasps return

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Wasps have signed England fly-half Danny Cipriani ahead of next season.

Cipriani, who has 14 England caps, will re-join the Aviva Premiership side at the end of the current campaign on a two-year deal. The move sees him invoke a break clause in his Sale contract and opt against a further season with the Sharks.

His move to Wasps sees him return to the club he joined as an academy prospect in 2003 and played for until 2010. From there he left for the Melbourne Rebels and then signed for Sale in 2012. His form at the Sharks led to an England recall under Stuart Lancaster in 2014 but he missed out on a spot in the World Cup squad and is yet to play under Eddie Jones.

"I'm excited about returning to Wasps next season. For me, it really does feel like coming home," Cipriani said. "In the professional era, players naturally move clubs more frequently than they used to, but I still feel such a strong connection with Wasps.

"It's where I learned my trade, alongside incredible players like Lawrence Dallaglio, Joe Worsley, Alex King, Fraser Waters, Josh Lewsey and Paul Sackey. I have such good memories of that period in my life, I feel much more equipped to handle and deal with the expectation that comes when you put on the black and gold jersey.

"There's something about Wasps which always draws you in. 'Once a Wasp, always a Wasp' is more than just a saying when you've been part of the club. I feel next season will be the right time for a new challenge, at a club which in my heart will always feel like a second home, where I know I will settle quickly.

"It's brilliant to see how the club has re-built over the past couple of seasons. The potential of the squad that Dai [Young] has developed is really exciting and I have been impressed by the ambition Wasps has shown since Derek Richardson took over and stabilised things. I'm really looking forward to playing alongside guys I started my career with, like James Haskell, Joe Simpson, Christian Wade and Elliot Daly, in a squad that loves to play attacking, expansive rugby."

Cipriani's call to stay in the Premiership, amid reported interest from Toulon, keeps him available for England selection. Harlequins were also rumoured to be interested in his services but he will now vie with Ruaridh Jackson and Jimmy Gopperth for the starting No.10 spot at Wasps.

Wasps' director of rugby Dai Young added: "We have always been keen for Danny to return to Wasps and I'm really pleased that our Wasps' fans, many of whom supported Danny as a young lad here, will be able to see him in a Wasps' shirt again.

"Everyone knows how talented a player Danny is and how much his game has developed since he made such an impact for England at a young age. As well as his obvious attacking attributes, Danny has matured as a player and controls the game well as a 10. At 28, there is still plenty more to come from him, so we are looking forward to seeing the contribution he will make in a Wasps' shirt, alongside our other talented fly halves, in the exciting backline we have."