Rumours have circulated as to the future intentions of Danny Cipriani.
Although it was also said that Harlequins remain in the hunt to sign the mercurial fly half, it would appear that both French clubs are increasingly confident that they can lure the English international across the Channel.
Although such a move would most likely bring an end to the 28 year old’s international career, L’Equipe last night reported that Cipriani was prepared to activate a clause in his contract allowing leave Sale one year before his contract expires.
Indeed, it would appear that Cipriani will his announce his future plans in the coming week, after the Sale playmaker told the BBC,
The decision on my future is something I’m going to have to make within the next week or so.
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.
Although Cipriani was left out of the Eddie Jones’ first Six Nations squad, given George Ford’s form, many have argued that the in demand out half should have been included.
At the very least therefore, losing a player of Cipriani’s talents would represent a blow to the strength and depth available to Jones.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena