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RUMOUR | Gloucester close in on Danny Cipriani’s ‘best friend’

Gloucester are reportedly set to sign Newcastle Falcons centre Dominic Waldouck as George Skivington continues to put his own stamp on the Cherry & whites squad.

The new head coach has already bolstered his playing roster with back-row Matt Garvey and prop Logovi’i Mulipola on short-term deals since taking charge last month.



According to The Rugby Paper, Waldouck, who has played for Wasps, Northampton Saints, London Irish and Ohio Avatars during a stellar career, will move to Kingsholm on a player-coach basis.

The 32-year-old currently combines his playing duties with being the Falcons backs defence coach.

As a Heineken Cup and Premiership winner who has played under some of the best mentors the game has to offer, Waldouck would have plenty of experience to pass on at Gloucester.

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“Shaun Edwards is probably the coach that has had the single most impact on me because during the formative years of my rugby education were spent with him and his knowledge is unbelievable,” he revealed to The Rugby Paper.

“Both me and Danny, who came through at the same time, owe a huge amount to Shaun for his dedication.”


10 things you didn’t know about the fly-half

Here’s 10 things you didn’t know about Gloucester fly-half Danny Cipriani that might surprise you…

1. Sporting talent

A keen all-round sportsman, Cipriani played junior football for Queens Park Rangers and was offered youth terms by Reading. He also played schoolboy cricket for Berkshire and Oxfordshire. Cipriani was invited to join Surrey County Cricket Club as a batsman. He also played squash at county level

2. First rugby club

He first played club rugby at Rosslyn Park in Roehampton, where he developed his passion for the game.

3. Heritage

The fly-half is mixed-race; his father is Afro-Trinidadian with some Italian heritage while his mother is English. Cipriani’s father, Jay, and his mother, Anne, separated soon after his birth. Although Jay returned to Trinidad, Cipriani was able to remain in contact with him.

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