Aviva Premiership
Cipriani: 'I have been f****** spoilt'
ESPN Staff
May 22, 2013
Sale's Danny Cipriani tries to get the ball away under pressure, Sale Sharks v Harlequins, LV= Anglo-Welsh Cup Final, Sixways, Worcester, England, March 17, 2013
Danny Cipriani will hope to re-find his best form at Sale next year © Getty Images

Danny Cipriani is adamant he is ready to take responsibility and fulfil his undoubtedly huge potential.

The fly-half, who was hit by a bus last month, was once rated as one of the brightest prospects in the game with Warren Gatland previously saying Cipriani had the "potential to be a bigger superstar than Jonny Wilkinson". But a series of off-field incidents have plagued Cipriani and he has struggled to find the same sort of form he showed when he burst onto the scene at Wasps.

But following a difficult year, which culminated when he was hit by the bus in Leeds, he is adamant that he is seeing his life in a new light.

He told the Daily Mail: "It is frustrating that I'm not doing what I should be doing but I know on my day that is what people have said. And as much as I have wanted to blame other people, it is me, isn't it? I'm just glad I've realised this now.

"It is the first time I've reflected on that. It is mixed emotions of frustration, everything.

"As a kid I was always selected, I was always top dog, I was the guy who had to get the runs, take the wickets, score the goals. In rugby, people look to me too. I'm just so glad that I'm 25 not 35."

About his difficult year, which included the death of his friend Tom Maynard, Cipriani said: "At the time I felt like f***, again, why? But now I look at this, it is more like waking me up the whole time.

"I'm not saying I'm not going to make mistakes but f***, I understand my whole life, I've been a bit f***** spoilt, it's just me, I'm just used to being spoilt and that being the way it is, it has always been my life and I do have to grow up and be a better person in that way."

He added: "Maybe I could have realised this a year ago but maybe I was too stubborn to actually wake up and smell the coffee. But through a course of events I have been made to do that.

"I don't want to be as dramatic as saying being hit by a bus was a life-changing scenario, because even before the bus I had been making a few changes in my life but it has given me an extra impetus and it gives you a new sense of life."

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