15 December 2020 16:36
Danny Cipriani has left Gloucester with immediate effect, bringing his time at Kingsholm to an end earlier than expected. The former England fly-half made an instant impact on his arrival in 2018 from Wasps, going on to be named Gallagher Premiership Player of the Season after helping to guide Gloucester into the play-offs for the first time in eight years. Reports on Monday that Scotland fly-half Adam Hastings is set to arrive at Gloucester next season prompted speculation that Cipriani, 33, would be moving on at the end of 2020-21 campaign. Cipriani then confirmed his immediate departure shortly before the club on Tuesday. Telegraph Sport understands that Gloucester are not set to bring in a fly-half immediately to replace Cipriani, who scored 128 points in 44 appearances for the club.
Lloyd Evans is the remaining specialist fly-half in Gloucester's squad, with academy fly-half George Barton starting last Sunday's heavy away defeat against Lyon in the Champions Cup. I have decided to leave Gloucester," Cipriani wrote on Twitter. I am so proud of what we have built together, and I have enjoyed working with every one [sic]. Thank you for subscribing We have more newsletters Show me See our privacy notice Invalid Email Danny Cipriani has left Gloucester Rugby with immediate effect. The 33-year-old has been absent in recent matches for the Cherry and Whites, who have been linked with a move for Glasgow Warriors fly-half Adam Hastings. He told his Instagram and Twitter followers: "After much deliberation.
Gloucester Rugby would like to announce that Danny Cipriani has left the Club with immediate effect. Cipriani was keen to express his gratitude for his time at Gloucester Rugby. "After much deliberation I have decided to leave Gloucester with the love, support and blessing of my coach and friend George Skivington. Commenting on Cipriani's departure, George Skivington added: "Danny has been playing at the top of his game for over a decade now, his reputation in the game is undisputed. Gloucester Rugby would like to place on record our appreciation for Danny's contribution during his time with us.
"Lewis Ludlow was part of that as well, and he was really frustrated to be left out because he could've played. It's just a decision I made, they couldn't train on Monday and Tuesday, I thought it was best to be involved in the team and stay together all week so that was the reasons behind my selection." He was also missing from Gloucester's heavily-rotated squad that suffered a 55-10 defeat away to Lyon in the Heineken Champions Cup. It has been a dramatic fall from grace for Cipriani, who was named as the Premiership's 2018/19 player of the season on his debut season for Gloucester and was rewarded with a new three-year contract in April 2019. As a subscriber, you are shown 80% less display advertising when reading our articles. Those ads you do see are predominantly from local businesses promoting local services. These adverts enable local businesses to get in front of their target audience – the local community. It is important that we continue to promote these adverts as our local businesses need as much support as possible during these challenging times. PREMIERSHIP CLUB GLOUCESTER have confirmed the signing of Scotland out-half Adam Hastings from Glasgow ahead of next season. Former England international Danny Cipriani has left Gloucester with immediate effect as a result of the signing. Gloucester's confirmation of the capture of Hastings means Glasgow's pursuit of Munster academy out-half Ben Healy ahead of the 2021/22 campaign has become a key priority for the Scottish club. As reported by The42 two weeks ago, Glasgow have made a strong offer to Healy, who qualifies to play for Scotland through his family. Healy has been offered a two-year senior contract with Glasgow that would involve a major financial increase on his current academy deal, which expires next summer, while it's understood that Scotland boss Gregor Townsend rates Healy's potential. The42 understands that Healy's potential deal with Glasgow has improved over the past fortnight as a result of Hastings agreeing to join Gloucester next season. Former Ireland U20 international Healy would be the first-choice out-half for Glasgow next season, while it's understood he has also been given assurances of swift involvement in the Scotland set-up too. The IRFU has put all contract negotiations on hold in Ireland due to the financial pressures caused by Covid-19, meaning Munster can't currently offer Healy a concrete deal. The rumours around Danny Cipriani's future at the club have been confirmed. Gloucester Rugby's highest profile player, fly-half Cipriani, has left the club with immediate effect. Having joined Cherry & Whites in 2018 Cipriani, now 33, went on to score 128 points in 44 appearances for the Club. Head coach George Skivington said: "Danny has been playing at the top of his game for over a decade now, his reputation in the game is undisputed. It has been a pleasure to have been a part of Danny's career at Gloucester and I wish him well for his next challenge." Cipriani, who has missed the club's last three games, said: "After much deliberation I have decided to leave Gloucester with the love, support and blessing of my coach and friend George Skivington. "Whilst I'm sad to be leaving such a great club I know the club is in safe hands for the future under George's leadership." Follow live updates of the breaking situation below...