"I love it" - Danny Cipriani makes rugby return with 'home' country - Ruck

“I love it” – Danny Cipriani makes rugby return with ‘home’ country

Reports persist that England fly-half Danny Cipriani could one day swap nations for a one-off game in what would be the surprise story of 2023 so far.

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Reports last year suggested Trinidad and Tobago want the playmaker to don their red jersey during the Rugby Americas North Championship.

His latest trip to the island, alongside his wife Victoria, has added fuel to that rumour.

Cipriani spent time coaching the players on the Caribbean island during his trip.

They wrote on Instagram: “Starstruck❗️🤩

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“That’s the word we can use to describe this surprise visit from none other THE Daniel Cipriani & his wife in April.

“Not only did he have a few tips for our players, he was even gracious enough to run some quick plays with them 😄😁

“Thank you, @dannycipriani87 for taking time out of your day to pay us this visit and for your words of wisdom. 

“We hope that you enjoyed our little slice of paradise🌴 we call home, feel free to stop by TRFC again when you’re on the island.”

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Cipriani wrote on Instagram: “I love being home with my family and seeing how much my wife loves the islands. Trinidad & Tobago has been an enormous part of my life. The vibe is still better than ever!

“So much soul and heart all over the place! The community feel is so nice to be around. No one is in a rush internally or externally. Getting back to nature and appreciating life to its fullest.

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“Watching a turtle lay and protect her eggs, then make its way back to the ocean, was special. Loving every moment”

It’s suggested that the switch could be funded by World Rugby, who are looking to encourage former elite rugby players to represent third tier nations to help raise the sports profile in that country.

The 35-year-old’s father is Afro-Trinidadian with some Italian heritage while his mother is English. They’re currently ranked 52nd in the world. 

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Head coach Warren Gatland says uncapped Wales prop Thomas can give his side “something a little bit different” after naming the former England player in his 54-man preliminary World Cup squad.

The 31-year-old won seven caps for England between 2013 and 2014 but is eligible now for Wales following a change in World Rugby’s eligibility rules in 2022. Thomas’ father hails from Swansea.

Gatland wants to assess him as he tries to add to Wales’ front-row depth. 

“He’s been at Montpellier and was involved with them winning the league,” said Wales’ head coach. “We’ve spoken to him years ago. 

“He probably brings something different. 

“The big focus for us is on the tight-five. We need that athleticism and mobility that we need to improve.”

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