The high and lows of England fly-half Danny Cipriani

Danny Cipriani is set for an England return. Credit: PA

Danny Cipriani was set to be the golden boy of rugby union, but his career has been a long list of highs and lows.

The fly-half was built up from an early age, having captained England under-16s and impressing in the Wasp youth ranks.

He was an all-round sportsman as a child, playing cricket to county level and being part of the QPR academy, turning down deals to play both sports.

Cipriani eventually made his Wasps debut aged just 17 against Bristol in the Powergen Cup.

Despite being a fly-half by trade, Cipriani was eased into the professional game by mainly operating as a full-back.

In 2008 there was a sign of things to come, as Cipriani was involved in a training ground bust-up with senior professional Josh Lewsey.

Cipriani was labelled a 'bad boy' in the game, a tag he has struggled to get rid of.

Cipriani was first-choice England fly-half in 2008. Credit: PA

Martin Johnson gave Cipriani the No.10 shirt got the Autumn internationals, but the fly-half was dropped after two disappointing performances.

During this period Cipriani began dating TV presenter Kelly Brook, pushing him further into the mainstream limelight.

Many in the media questioned Cipriani's commitment to the game, as his personal life became more high-profile than his job.

Cipriani and Kelly Brook were long-term partners. Credit: Reuters

In 2010 it was announced that Cipriani would leave first club Wasps in order to move across the world to Australian side Melbourne Rebels.

The transfer to the Southern Hemisphere dented his international ambitions, as coach Johnson did not select him for the 2011 World Cup.

Cipriani's off-field indiscretions continued - he was accused of stealing vodka from a bar and was left out of a club tour to South Africa due to his behaviour.

Cipriani had a spell in Australia. Credit: Reuters

After two years in Australia, Cipriani returned to England, signing for Premiership club Sale Sharks on a three-year deal.

Cipriani has received rave reviews for his performances for the north-west outfit, scoring over 500 points for the club since his arrival.

Away from the pitch, he once again made the headlines after being hit by a bus in Leeds following a night of drinking in April 2013, suffering knee ligament damage and facial injuries.

After the incident, Cipriani told the Sun: "I am very lucky, it's just beginning to dawn on me - this nearly had a different outcome entirely."

Cipriani was hit in Leeds city centre. Credit: ITV News
Cipriani was badly injured after being hit by a bus in Leeds. Credit: PA

Once he return from the injuries suffered in the collision, Cipriani maintained his good form and was selected for England's tour of New Zealand in May 2014.

It is rumoured that Cipriani has been offered the chance to move to France at the end of the season, something he is considering, but leaving the Premiership would almost certainly end his international career, due to the RFU's policy of not selecting those who play abroad.