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Danny Cipriani keeps England World Cup dream alive by signing for Gloucester as James Haskell heads for Northampton

Mirror logo Mirror 14/05/2018 Alex Spink
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Danny Cipriani is staying in English club rugby after signing for Gloucester.

The outgoing Wasps star delayed a decision until he knew if he was selected for England’s tour squad for South Africa.

Having made the cut, and with next year’s World Cup in mind, he has turned his back on more lucrative offers overseas and pledged his future to the Premiership.

Related: 'Cipriani could be England No.10' (Sky Sports)

Cipriani described his switch to Kingsholm as the “most exciting move of my career to date”.

He added: “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 a part of.”

The 30-year-old had been close to a move to Bath, who already have two international fly-halves in Freddie Burns and Rhys Priestland.

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Instead it is Freddie’s brother Billy who stands to lose out from the playmaker’s decision to head to Kingsholm - taken after consultation with Red Rose boss Eddie Jones.

Gloucester are at best a mid-table team, albeit one which has Champions Cup rugby next season despite a hugely disappointing end to the campaign which saw them finish outside the top-six and throw away a winning lead in the European Challenge Cup final.

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James Haskell, like Cipriani surplus to requirements at Wasps, has also confirmed his move away from the club.

The larger-than-life flanker, 33, was threatened with killing off his own international career by not having an English club to play for in World Cup year.

But last night he put pen to paper on a one-year contract at Northampton where, at the very least, he will remain eligible for Test selection should Eddie Jones decide he has another season in him.

Haskell had previously stated that he would take a pay cut to stay in the Premiership.

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“It’s no secret that I want to continue my international career for as long as possible," he said today. "The only way I can do that is by putting my best foot forward in club rugby and helping Saints fight their way back into contention for silverware.

“There’s a real buzz around Franklin’s Gardens at the moment with the arrival of Chris Boyd, a new coaching team being put in place and a number of top-quality players also joining the squad. I can’t wait to get started in Black, Green and Gold."

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