Cipriani: Gloucester fans use yelling at my ex-girlfriends & # 039; names … now I want to kiss the badge

Danny Cipriani of Gloucester now focuses on ensuring that the legendary shed is firmly in play

Danny Cipriani spent Thursday getting used to his new surroundings in Kingsholm and remembering previous visits there, when the locals made fun of his love life.

The new Gloucester game creator agreed to join the West Country club at the end of last season, a few days after being summoned to the England team for the summer tour of South Africa.

The 30-year-old managed to force his way back to the No. 10 Test shirt, which he had used the last decade, and had an important hand in a victory that saved the Springboks' face at the end of the series. in Cabo Pueblo.

Danny Cipriani of Gloucester now focuses on ensuring that the legendary shed is firmly in play

Danny Cipriani of Gloucester now focuses on ensuring that the legendary shed is firmly in play

The star of England has left with Kelly Brook (top), Katie Price and Kirsty Gallacher

The star of England has left with Kelly Brook (top), Katie Price and Kirsty Gallacher

The star of England has left with Kelly Brook (top), Katie Price and Kirsty Gallacher

After spending part of his short break out of season participating in an alternative training regime that offered surfing in California, Cipriani now focuses on ensuring that the legendary Shed is firmly in play. That certainly was not the case in the early stages of his career.

When asked if he had been the target of notoriously partisan and vocal followers of Gloucester, always hostile to threatening visitors, he said: "When I was a little younger, yes. It was just jokes. They used to shout at me the names of my ex-girlfriends. He used to make me laugh.

"It's the most hostile audience if you play against it and I have the luxury of playing with it this season, and the next," he continued.

The game creator of Gloucester is getting used to his new surroundings in Kingsholm

The game creator of Gloucester is getting used to his new surroundings in Kingsholm

The game creator of Gloucester is getting used to his new surroundings in Kingsholm

He admitted that he would take advantage of having The Shed behind him, and added: "I will definitely play with them, I will kiss the badge when I win!".

For six seasons consistently impressive for Sale and Wasps, Cipriani had been driven by a fervent desire to rekindle his international career.

Now that Eddie Jones has had a change of heart and has opened the door for him to challenge a role in the World Cup next year, the talented Cipriani is conscious of maintaining the same sense of purpose.

Are you now more hungry than ever? "Yes, definitely," he said. "But you've seen me in the last six seasons: I've been hungry and my focus has not changed."

Cipriani talks to Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann during a training session on Thursday

Cipriani talks to Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann during a training session on Thursday

Cipriani talks to Gloucester head coach Johan Ackermann during a training session on Thursday

When asked if the tangible reward of a return from England made any difference in terms of motivation, he added: "Is it better to be in the pursuit package, or is it better to be in the package, to try to move forward? , right now I'm there and I have to do everything possible to stay there. "

Immediately after the tour of South Africa, that did not mean much time for rest and reflection satisfied. Instead, he found unconventional ways to stay in shape.

"I kept very active this summer, as I have done for the last four years," said Cipriani. "I went to Malibu and did some training there, it's a different type of training, it does not really involve a ball or a lot of running, but it's a lot of explosive things, a lot of surfing and being in the water.

"You need free time, but you'll only get a short pre-season after a tour, so you have to make sure you're in good shape."

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