Diamond unsure about Cipriani’s motive

Date published: February 17 2016

Sale Sharks boss Steve Diamond is unsure if Danny Cipriani's decision to join Wasps will help in his bid to win a recall to the England squad.

Cipriani took advantage of a break clause in his Sale contract and will return to Wasps, where he started his club career, next season.

Diamond said Cipriani's reason for moving to Wasps was to try and win a place in England coach Eddie Jones' squad after he was left out of the 33-man Elite Player Squad named last month.

But Diamond isn't sure the move will help Cipriani to achieve that goal.

"There's no point having someone here who wants to be somewhere else. We gave a couple of players options like that," Diamond told Sky Sports News HQ.

"Danny had been thinking hard and fast – his old club Wasps are similar to us in the league but they have got a lot of ambition by the looks of things, or so some people think. So he exercised the option this week.

"To be honest it came as a little bit of a surprise because we thought he had decided to stay, but it's his prerogative and he chose to take that option.

"His reasons are very clear. He thinks that by going to Wasps, he'll play for England. I feel it's a little bit misguided.

"I think Danny has been a fantastic player for Sale Sharks and for England when he got back into the reckoning playing for Sale, and I think there is a bit of a misconception if you go to a club in London or the south – and they are actually playing in the Midlands – there is a bigger opportunity."