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Danny Cipriani to join Gloucester next season to boost England hope

Cipriani moves to Gloucester Credit: PA

Gloucester have announced the signing of fly-half Danny Cipriani on Monday.

The 30-year-old's contract with Wasps expires at the end of the season and he has decided to remain in England as he seeks to resurrect his international career.

Cipriani was recalled to the England squad by Eddie Jones for the summer tour of South Africa after a three-year absence.

The Cherry and Whites, who have also signed winger Matt Banahan from Bath ahead of next season, finished seventh in the Aviva Premiership this season and were beaten finalists in the European Challenge Cup.

Cipriani had received offers from France and Japan but to remain eligible for England he needed to remain in the country.

Cipriani leaves Wasps this season Credit: PA

His arrival at Kingsholm will give options to head coach Johan Ackermann with Billy Burns and Owen Williams vying for the number 10 jersey, although Williams can be utilised at inside centre.

Cipriani will also get the chance on the big stage in Europe with Gloucester's Challenge Cup final appearance earning them a place in the Champions Cup next season by virtue of opponents Cardiff Blues already qualifying through the PRO14.

Cipriani's replacement at Wasps has already been announced with the capture of New Zealand fly-half Lima Sopoaga.

He will sign off his Wasps career with a play-off campaign as Dai Young's side face Saracens in the semi-final on Saturday, hoping to advance to a final against Exeter or Newcastle.

Gloucester later confirmed the signing of Cipriani.

The 30-year-old 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."