Cipriani is expected to join his new team next week, after his Australian Visa issues are sorted.
07 October 2010
Cipriani misses Rebels’ induction because of Australian Visa woes
High-profile English import Danny Cipriani was unable to make his new Melbourne team launch and induction camp this week because of Australian Visa issues.
Cipriani, 22, missed the Melbourne Rebels' launch on Tuesday and their four-day induction camp at Lorne, on the Victorian coast, this week.
The new Super 15 team had hoped to unveil their star signing, but they downplayed any speculation the player may be reconsidering his options.
The Rebels expect Cipriani to arrive in the city next week after his Australian Visa problems are sorted.
A spokesman for the Rebels said Cipriani had not submitted the correct paperwork to obtain a visa to work in Australia, but they are confident he will arrive very soon.
The season itself does not start until February, and the team is only in the initial stages of the pre-season with training to commence next week.
Cipriani, the former England Test five-eighth, was the Rebels' first and most significant signing. The young English star left London Wasps at the end of last season but has been training over the summer with Tottenham Spir, Mk Dons, QPR and the US team Colorado Rapids.