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Men's Rugby Union Cipriani set for comeback with place in Bath’s starting line-up

DANNY CIPRIANI is set to make his first appearance in 10 months as he makes his Bath debut in Saturday’s Premiership clash with Sale.

Cipriani left Gloucester abruptly having made just one appearance last season – in the first-round defeat at Leicester – and moved to the Recreation Ground after taking a sabbatical.

He was available for the business end of Bath’s 2020-21 campaign but was not selected, and will instead make his first appearance in this weekend’s trip to Greater Manchester.

Cipriani, who turns 34 in November, has been installed as first-choice fly-half while 19-year-old Orlando Bailey continues his development, and will be responsible for shaping the club’s attack.

He won the last of his 16 caps in 2018, having been unable to convince Eddie Jones of his value to England despite being named players’ player of the year and Premiership player of the year in 2019.

“Danny’s been great,” Bath director of rugby Stuart Hooper said. “He’s obviously been out of the game a long time, so there’s a big excitement for him to get back and get the ball in his hands and get playing.

“I want him to enjoy himself, I want him to play games with a smile on his face and be the dominant attacking force that we’ve seen him be previously.”

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