Danny Cipriani - England selection influenced Sale Sharks stay

Danny Cipriani
Danny Cipriani made his 70th appearance for Sale in the win over Saracens

Sale Sharks and England fly-half Danny Cipriani says his inclusion in the national set-up helped influence his decision to stay at the club.

The 27-year-old was out of contract at the end of this season but agreed a new two-year deal with the Sharks.

The former Wasps and Melbourne Rebels man has been on the bench for England's opening two Six Nations games.

"The thing that swayed it was obviously the opportunity to play for England," said Cipriani.

"But also, you look at the youngsters that we have coming through here and it's exciting for me to see that happening.

"It's probably the most talented group of youngest in the Premiership coming through, there is a good six of them doing well.

"Having had a long talk with Dimes [Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond], he's had the go ahead that we're going to invest a lot, so it is exciting times."

Cipriani, who scored against Italy after coming on for his first appearance in the Six Nations since 2008, was made available to Sale last weekend and helped his team to their first Premiership win over Saracens since 2011.

The fly-half was courted by European champions Toulon as well as Harlequins, Gloucester and Bristol but has stuck with the club that currently sits fifth in the league.

"It is tempting because out of all the club's in the world, Toulon does tempt you the most with the set-up," added Cipriani.

"But I feel like we're really onto building something here - as a squad we're over performing, doing really well and we're looking to invest to this squad."