14 Oct 2010

Wilkinson predicts Cipriani will storm Super Rugby

7:44 am on 14 October 2010

England's World Cup winning rugby star Jonny Wilkinson has predicted fellow Englishman Danny Cipriani will take Super Rugby "by storm" next year.

The 22-year-old Cipriani is due to join the new Melbourne Rebels franchise this week for pre-season training, and Wilkinson believes time away from the spotlight in England will be beneficial for the young five-eighth.

Cipriani's been a headline magnet in the United Kingdom as much for his deeds off the field as on it.

His decision to move to Australia has ruled him out of England's Six Nations campaign and all but ended his hopes of playing in next year's World Cup.