Cipriani out to enjoy himself
December 5, 2008
Cipriani will be back in Wasps colours on Friday night but will he be able to inspire victory at Murrayfield? © Getty Images
Fly-half Danny Cipriani is determed to learn from the mixed fortunes he suffered during England's recent international clashes as he returns to domestic duties with Wasps.
The rising star began the autumn international series as England's first choice No.10 but found himself benched for the final mattch with New Zealand last weekend. However he is back in action on Friday night as Wasps resume their Heineken Cup campaign against Edinburgh at Murrayfield.
Wasps boss Ian McGeechan has been boosted by the return of his Engliand contingent with Paul Sackey, Riki Flutey, Tom Rees and James Haskell as well as Cipriani back in their line-up for the Pool Two encounter.
And the 21-year-old is determined to start playing with a smile on his face again as he looks to get over his recent international disappointments. "I've learned a lot over the past five weeks," he said. "I know the results weren't the best, but England are building to get back to the top.
"For me, it's about finding that consistency and getting that love back for rugby and playing with a smile on my face again. The main thing for me over the next four weeks is to begin enjoying myself.
"There is a massive task at Wasps to get us back up the Guinness Premiership (table) and winning the Heineken Cup. My drive and determination to be successful has never stopped, and never will. My body feels good, and I just want to get out there and play.
"Since my (ankle) injury, all my focus has been on me being fit. Now I have got fit, I just want to focus on my game, starting with Edinburgh."
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