Melbourne Rebels’ five-eighth Danny Cipriani has terminated his contract immediately citing a desire to regain his place in the England team.
Cipriani, 24, will join new English club Sale Sharks after signing with them weeks ago but it was thought he would see his Super Rugby commitments with the Rebels in 2012 first.
“I want to thank the club for being so understanding with my wishes and granting me a release to return to England,” said Cipriani.
“I’ve made no secret of my desire to play for England again and I believe leaving now will give me the best opportunity to do that.”
Cipriani scored 122 points in two seasons with the fledgling Rebels team and was signed as one of their marquee players. Yet his off-field behaviour let himself down at times. Cipriani was accused of taking a bottle of vodka from a Melbourne bar after their first match in 2011 and was stood down for a match against the Queensland Reds later that season after failing to meet team standards agreed by the playing group. Rebels CEO Steve Boland wished him all the best.
“Danny goes with our blessing and we thank him for his contribution to our club during his time here,” said Boland.
“Essentially the time is right for both parties to part company, the decision is amicable and we wish him all the best for the future.”
Cipriani has played seven matches for England scoring 49 points.
Sources: Daily Telegraph, Melbourne Rebels website.