Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dallaglio Tips Cipriani to Stop the Rot at Wasps; Recovery Mission: Danny Cipriani Was Helped Backed to Fitness by Lawrence Dallaglio, Who Returned to Action Last Saturday (Inset)

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Dallaglio Tips Cipriani to Stop the Rot at Wasps; Recovery Mission: Danny Cipriani Was Helped Backed to Fitness by Lawrence Dallaglio, Who Returned to Action Last Saturday (Inset)

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Byline: CHRIS JONES

LAWRENCE DALLAGLIO today predicted Danny Cipriani's dramatic return from serious injury would kickstart London Wasps' woeful season and turn England into a real force when they face the might of the Southern Hemisphere at Twickenham in November.

Cipriani is set to signal the end of his painful rehabilitation from an horrendous ankle injury by playing for Wasps against Bath at Wycombe on Wednesday and Dallaglio knows exactly what it has taken to allow the England No10 to return a month early.

Dallaglio did the same in 2005 after breaking his ankle on the Lions tour to New Zealand. He gave Cipriani advice and encouragement, as the brightest star in the English game pushed himself to the limits and now he is set to face Pacific Barbarians, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand on successive weekends in November.

Dallaglio said: "I am a big fan of Danny's and have tried to impart some of my experience to him during this period. He is a welcome addition to any team and it will be big lift to Wasps and England to have him at fly-half.

"It is wonderful news for Martin Johnson [the England team manager] and while there is no need to rush Danny right back into things, he is a player who wants to get into the thick of the action. His return makes England more dangerous as a team.

"Wasps have had a poor start by their own high standards but no one is pushing the panic button at the club.

"We lost five of our first seven games last season and ended up with a trophy which said 'Guinness Premiership Champions' and people should not write us off so quickly.

"Wasps operate best when under intense pressure and are a very dangerous side." The former England captain was supremely confident that Cipriani would make a successful return, having experienced at first-hand the specialist rehabilitation programme operated at Wasps, who face Leicester tomorrow on the back of three successive league defeats. …

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