Gloucester have announced the signing of Wasps and England fly-half Danny Cipriani.
Cipriani’s second spell at Wasps will come to an end this month and having been recalled to the England squad last week, the playmaker has spurned interest from France and Japan to sign for the Cherry and Whites.
He is determined to resurrect his international career ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the move to Kingsholm will ensure he remains eligible for selection.
ESPN understands that two other Aviva Premiership clubs were interested in securing Cipriani’s services but Gloucester have won the race to his signature.
“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,” Cipriani, 30, said.
“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.”
Gloucester suffered an agonising defeat in the Challenge Cup final in Bilbao on Friday night, but they have made progress under head coach Ackermann this season and are viewed as a club on the up.
“We’re absolutely delighted that Danny has signed for Gloucester Rugby,” Ackermann said. “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.”