Cipriani to decide on Sale Sharks future

Date published: February 5 2016

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Sale Sharks fly-half Danny Cipriani has revealed that he is set to decide his future at the club in the coming weeks.

The 28-year-old is currently on a two-year contract but is understood to have a break clause this season.

He is viewed as a target for Top 14 heavyweights Toulon as well as several Premiership clubs.

"The decision on my future is something I'm going to have to make within the next week or so," Cipriani told the BBC.

"I've not kept Dimes [director of rugby Steve Diamond] in the lurch with anything, we have a very good relationship.

"We talk very openly about a lot of things, so it's not like he doesn't know what the decisions or options are for me.

"It's no discredit to Sale or credit to anyone else – it's something that I'm going to have to really think about, whether that be my family or things to do with my mum, or whatever it might be, there is a lot that comes into it."

He missed out on selection when new England head coach Eddie Jones named his squad for the 2016 Six Nations. 

Cipriani said he is in regular contact with Jones but is disappointed that he didn't get more playing opportunities under Jones' predecessor, Stuart Lancaster.

"I'm going to sit here and say 'I didn't feel like I got a fair crack of the whip', but he chose what he felt was best," he added.

"I can't complain or moan about that. He gave me 20 minutes in France away, I got voted man-of-the-match and that was all I could do really.

"That was the only chance I really got and he still didn't decide to include me and I fully understood that because he people in squad that were there at the beginning of his reign and he built camaraderie, trust, respect or whatever it may be."

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