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Danny Cipriani

Danny Cipriani

Key Facts

SquadLondon Wasps
PositionFly Half
Age26
Height1.85m (6'1")
Weight91kg (14st 4lb)
Caps7 test appearances

Profile

Precocious talent swept Danny Cipriani to a quadruple distinction by the time he was 21 years old.

He was a member of the Saxons’ side that won the Barclays Churchill Cup at Twickenham in 2007, the year he shared in London Wasps’ Heineken Cup triumph over Leicester Tigers.

The following February, he made his England debut off the bench for Mike Tindall against Wales at Twickenham and contributed 192 points to the club’s Guinness Premiership winning season.

His career already had lift off when he played against Bristol Rugby in the Powergen Cup soon after his seventeenth birthday. At the time, it made him the youngest player to appear in a senior English match.

He had taken up the game at the age of nine with Rosslyn Park, where he stayed for six years before joining the Wasps Academy. He aggregated 417 points in 56 Guinness Premiership appearances up to late February 2010.  

A product of the RFU Academy and Whitgift School, he scored a maiden Test try among his 19 points against the Pacific Islanders in the autumn of 2008. He had made a swift recovery from a fracture dislocation of his right ankle to regain his England Elite Squad role and replace the injured Jonny Wilkinson.

Danny subsequently suffered a hairline fracture to his right fibula last October. An intuitive player, he captained England Under 16s and appeared for the Under 19s in the Six Nations Tournament and the World Championship in both 2005 and 2006.

His sporting skills also encompass football and cricket. He played junior soccer for Queens Park Rangers, was offered youth terms by Reading, figured in schools’ cricket for Surrey and Berkshire and was invited to join Surrey as a batsman. 

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