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Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond heaped praise on ‘game-changer’ fly-half Danny Cipriani’s attitude as he is poised to make his first Aviva Premiership’s season appearance against former club London Wasps.
The 25-year-old, who left Melbourne Rebels to join Sale on a three-year deal in the summer of 2012 and has played 27 times for the Sharks in all competitions, scoring four tries, has not featured in their opening two matches of this new campaign.
However, Cipriani has responded well to being overlooked by Diamond, who has selected Nick Macleod and summer signing Joe Ford ahead of him for the opening-day win at Gloucester and the following home defeat by Newcastle.
As a result he will almost certainly be rewarded by being named as a replacement against the Wasps at the AJ Bell stadium.
“Danny’s trained well and we think he is a game-changer,” said Diamond. “If we need that skill set to come from the bench, we’ve got it in place.”
He added on BBC Radio Manchester: “He’s knuckled down in training, bided his time and been positive. You can’t ask for anything else.
“There are three or four other lads, who I know don’t have the same profile as Danny, who are in the same boat.
“If people train well and do a good job on a Monday night [for development side, the Jets] they stand a chance of playing for the first team.”