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England flyhalf Cipriani rejects Toulon, signs deal at Sale

February 19, 2015

SALFORD, England (AP) — England flyhalf Danny Cipriani has turned down an offer from European champion Toulon and signed a two-year contract extension with Sale Sharks, keeping alive his chances of playing at this year’s World Cup.

If Cipriani had agreed to join Toulon from next season, his England career would have likely ended as the national team has a policy of selecting overseas-based players only in exceptional circumstances.

The 27-year-old Cipriani, one of English rugby’s most high-profile players, recently returned to the England squad after a near six-year absence because of injury, loss of form and off-the-field issues.

He toured New Zealand with England last June and was called up for the current Six Nations, scoring a try against Italy as a substitute in a 47-17 win on Saturday.

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