Cipriani is returning to the English Premiership after two years in Australia playing for Melbourne Rebels.The 24 year old has signed a three year deal with the Sharks which he hopes will resurrect his international career in time for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
Stirling Lloyd is also the main sponsor of the rapidly growing Knutsford Rugby Club, which is one of the first ten clubs in the country to secure the RFU 'Whole Club Seal of Approval' award. As part of his sponsorship deal Danny hopes to be able to attend young players' practice sessions at this club and encourage a new generation to go along and support Sale Sharks.
Danny commented: "It's really exciting to be back playing in the Aviva Premiership this season with Sale Sharks, a club that is definitely on the move with a brand new stadium and a squad that could be real contenders this season.To be sponsored by globally ambitious company Stirling Lloyd is fantastic synergy, not only for me but for the club as a whole and I look forward to working with them over the season."
David Lloyd, Stirling Lloyd's MD commented: "Supporting local sports clubs has long been a key part of our company's community involvement and, through sponsorship and corporate hospitality, we have been closely associated with Knutsford Rugby Club and Sale Sharks for a number of years.Our latest sponsorship of Sale's new star signing is particularly exciting and we hope that the widespread interest Danny has created on his return to English rugby will help us to develop even closer links with young players and supporters this season."
Come and watch Danny Cipriani's first performances for Sale Sharks in our opening games at Salford City Stadium:
Pre Season game v. Heineken Cup champions Leinster: Friday 24th August (8 pm). Click here to buy online or ring our ticket office on 08444 994 994.
First Aviva Premiership match v. Saracens: Saturday 8th September (4.30 pm)
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