Cipriani to bid farewell to English rugby after Bath exit confirmed
Danny Cipriani to bid farewell to English rugby after Bath exit is confirmed… with the 34-year-old now set to make the switch to America’s Major League Rugby
- Former England fly-half Danny Cipriani will leave Bath at the end of the season
- Cipriani revealed on social media last week that he was set to move abroad
- He said he ‘thoroughly enjoyed’ his time at Bath despite the club’s poor campaign
- Cipriani won 16 Test caps and played for four teams in the Gallagher Premiership
Danny Cipriani said he has fulfilled a lifelong dream of playing in the Gallagher Premiership after the former England fly-half’s departure from Bath was officially confirmed.
Cipriani revealed on social media he was set to move abroad last week at the end of the season meaning his time in English rugby will soon come to an end.
The 34-year-old is set for a transfer to America’s Major League Rugby competition. Cipriani won 16 Test caps and played for Wasps, Sale, Gloucester and Bath in the Premiership as well as with Australian side Melbourne Rebels.
Bath have had a shocking season to date and sit bottom of the Premiership with just four wins from 22 games. Were the division not ringfenced, they would be staring relegation square in the face.
Cipriani said: ‘It’s certainly been a challenging season which everyone will learn a huge amount from.
‘Unfortunately, I haven’t played as much rugby as I would have liked due to Covid and injury, however I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my season at Bath particularly working with a talented group of youngsters. I’m looking forward to watching them over the years.
The 34-year-old’s move from the Premiership will end his long career in English rugby
Cipriani is expected to make the switch to America’s Major League Rugby after leaving Bath
‘Thank you to the fans for your continual support and your spirited cheers no matter the weather. ‘It’s never overlooked and always humbling. I feel extremely blessed to have had this experience – it’s taught me a lot.
‘Thank you to the players and the coaching staff for welcoming me. Thank you to everyone at Bath. ‘Thank you to my beautiful wife Victoria. I’m excited for what’s coming and what our future holds.
‘I’ve loved playing in the Premiership, it’s what I dreamed of as a child. Thank you for all your support.’
Cipriani won 16 Test caps for England and played for four sides in the Gallagher Premiership
Cipriani has scored 53 points in 15 games to date for Bath.
Bath head coach Neal Hatley said: ‘Cips has been a fantastic mentor for the younger players at our club and has really helped the likes of Orlando Bailey and Max Ojomoh with their development this season.
‘In the games he has featured in, he has shown what a quality player he is with ball in hand and how he brings players into the game.’We wish him, Vic and his family every success for the future.’
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