Danny Cipriani today declared himself "Wasps through and through" after signing a one-year deal to stay with the Guinness Premiership champions - a decision which will please not only the club, but also England manager Martin Johnson.
The 21-year-old stand-off, currently trying to force his way back into the national side, has opted to remain at Adams Park despite clubmates James Haskell, Riki Flutey and Tom Palmer all heading to France in big-money moves at the end of the season.
Cipriani, dropped after the November defeats to Australia and South Africa, is one of 13 Wasps players whose commitment to the London club "for the 2009-10 season and beyond" was confirmed today, although his is one of the shorter contracts.
England props Phil Vickery and Tom Payne, flanker Tom Rees and 35-year-old lock Simon Shaw are among the others. Vickery, Rees and Shaw have signed for two more years, Payne for three.
Johnson has warned that going abroad could have an impact on playing for England, but Cipriani stated that that did not influence his decision.
Rival English clubs would also have been interested in him too, of course, and he said: "Obviously it was good to have the options, but I just wanted to make sure other players were signing (for Wasps) and once I knew I was straight on the dotted line.
"There was not much thought. I've been at Wasps since I was 15 and love it here.
"I made my decision purely on that I enjoy my rugby at Wasps. It's such a good environment with a really good team spirit.
"I've got respect for the three who are going. They are going to a different lifestyle of rugby, Riki and Tom are probably getting their last big contract and James will experience a different type of rugby and is going to come back a better player for it.
"It's all positive for them. It will be difficult to replace them, but we'll definitely be able to do so because that's part of what Wasps is about."
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