Aviva Premiership

Diamond questions Cipriani move

Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond believes Danny Cipriani is "a little bit misguided" if he thinks a return to Wasps will reignite his England career.

Wasps on Tuesday confirmed that Cipriani has agreed to re-join the club where he started his career and end his four-year spell with Premiership rivals Sale.

The gifted fly-half was omitted from England head coach Eddie Jones' squad for the Six Nations after also being overlooked for the Rugby World Cup on home soil last year.

Diamond does not envisage a move to Coventry-based Wasps ahead of the 2016/17 season enhancing Cipriani's chances of earning an England recall.

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

"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."