Sale sign Cipriani

Melbourne Rebels flyhalf Danny Cipriani has signed a three-year deal with the Sale Sharks.

Cipriani joined the Rebels at the start of last year having been repeatedly snubbed by then England manager Martin Johnson. However, with Stuart Lancaster now in charge, the 24-year-old has chosen to return home after the current Super Rugby season to stake a claim for the England No 10 jersey.

‘I’ve got extra motivation this year to make sure I get in the England side and to really improve on my performances from last year,’ said Cipriani, who has had a controversial stay Down Under, being fined for a nightclub incident and spending a month on the bench for breaching team curfew.

‘I’m not going to change too much,’ he said of his lifestyle. ‘Mistakes happen and stuff gets glamorised in the press.’