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Cipriani out for six months with ankle injury

Wasps and England fly-half Danny Cipriani will be out of rugby for at least six months after suffering a broken ankle during Wasps' play-off semi-final with Bath yesterday. The 20-year-old was injured during a double tackle by Bath's Olly Barkley and Alex Crockett.

Cipriani had dislodged Jonny Wilikinson as England's No10 for the last game of the Six Nations and was expected to be the linchpin of the England side that will travel to New Zealand for the two-Test series this summer. Charlie Hodgson will probably get the nod at No10 for the games against the All Blacks.

The game was shown live on Sky and the pictures were discomforting with the player in obvious distress. Cipriani's injury has brought comparison's with the broken ankle suffered by Arsenal's Eduardo da Silva back in February. Rugby greats Lawrence Dallaglio and Ieuan Evans both came back from similar injuries after six months on the sidelines.

The precociously talented Cipriani's season has been punctuated by controversy off the pitch and scintillating performances on it. It's a sad end to the season for one of the most exciting talents in world rugby.

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