Cipri­ani fea­tures in Meyer plans for Stade

The Rugby Paper - - Feature -

FOR­MER Spring­bok coach Heyneke Meyer jet­ted into Paris at the end of last week to fi­nalise his re­cruit­ment plans for Stade Francais.

Meyer is tak­ing over in the French cap­i­tal as sport­ing di­rec­tor and head coach of Stade in his first role since leav­ing South African in 2015.

Now Stade have se­cured them­selves in the Top 14 for an­other sea­son they are mov­ing in on their prime tar­gets.

Blind­side un­der­stands from French scouts that one of the names he is con­sid­er­ing is that of Wasps fly­half Danny Cipri­ani.

The for­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tional has been linked with a num­ber of clubs since it was an­nounced he was de­part­ing the Ri­coh Arena.

Meyer needs an­other top qual­ity fly half af­ter his coun­try­man Morne Steyn de­cided to move to Brive next sea­son.

Stade could face com­pe­ti­tion from Ul­ster who need to re­place Ir­ish in­ter­na­tional Paddy Jack­son.

Cipri­ani could be­come the sec­ond English­men at the club where Shane Geraghty is the third choice fly­half be­hind Steyn and Jules Plis­son.

For­mer Eng­land in­ter­na­tional Geraghty, 31, joined Stade as a me­dial joker in Au­gust 2017 for the in­jured Meyer Bos­man.

Meyer needs to make a de­ci­sion about the fu­ture of Geraghty who has played for Lon­don Ir­ish, Northamp­ton Saints, Brive and Bris­tol.

Linked: Danny Cipri­ani

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