Gloucester head coach George Skivington said there was “no smoke or mirrors” to refer to Danny Cipriani leaving the Gallagher Premiership club.
British international Cipriani – who joined Gloucester from Wasps in 2018 – immediately left Kingsholm.
Gloucester has been quick to fill the void in their squad by recruiting Scottish international Adam Hastings from Glasgow Warriors for next season (according to the first RugbyPass report on Monday night).
Cipriani said on his official Twitter account that he made a decision after many considerations and had mixed feelings about it but was very excited about the challenges he had to go through.
Skivington confirmed to reporters he had discussed it with Cipriani, 33, who has not played for Gloucester since November 21, for the past few weeks. “Danny thinks it’s time for a new challenge and they wholeheartedly support him in it,” Skivington said.
That’s a shock to everyone out of the box if you like. They recorded it indoors until Danny decided exactly what he wanted to do. That’s what it is, be honest with you. There is no smoke or mirror for it. There is no breakdown or any problem or anything of that nature.
It remains to be seen that Cipriani, who won the last of 16 caps for England two years ago, comes next after Gloucester, but it wouldn’t be surprising if an offer from the soccer markets lucrative like Japan or America comes to him.
Lloyd Evans was Gloucester’s starter in the Premiership games against Wasps and Harlequins last month. But Evans suffered a head injury in his home defeat to Quins, and George Barton wore the number 10 shirt in his Heineken Champions Cup opening match against Lyon last weekend.
Meanwhile, reflecting on his signing with Hastings, Skivington says he has matured as a perfect player over the past few years and has grown into a top international half fly. The most interesting part for us is that he still has room to grow. He has now amassed a considerable amount of domestic and international experience which would prove invaluable to the team.