Sunday, May 18, 2008
Young Wasps and England flyhalf was very unfortunately injured in this afternoons Guinness Premiership Semi Final between Wasps and Bath, in which Wasps came out winners by 21 points to Bath's 10.
Cipriani looks destined to miss England's tour of New Zealand after sustaining what is said to be a dislocated ankle after being tackled by Ollie Barkley in the 49th minute. He found himself at the bottom of a ruck, shouting out in pain as England manager Martin Johnson watched from the stands.
Medics arrived immediately and gave the 20-year-old fly-half oxygen treatment before he was carried off on a stretcher and taken to hospital by ambulance.
Cipriani was set to start in the No 10 jersey against the All Blacks after starring in England's Six Nations finale against Ireland.
He had ousted World Cup hero Jonny Wilkinson as England's first choice fly-half but if Wasps' worst fears are realised he now faces a lengthy spell of rehabilitation.
We wish him a speedy recovery after this terrible injury that will surely put him out of what would have been an incredible tour for such a youngster.