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Cipriani injury fears allayed

Wasps fly-half suffers ankle injury during win over Gloucester

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Cipriani injury fears allayed

Cipriani limps off after rolling ankle

It's not that serious. He's just rolled his ankle a little bit after someone fell on it.

Shaun Edwards
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Wasps head coach Shaun Edwards played down concerns about the ankle injury suffered by Danny Cipriani during the 34-3 victory over Gloucester on the final day of the Guinness Premiership season.

Cipriani, who could be involved in England's summer series against Argentina, was withdrawn at half-time but Edwards insisted the problem was minor.

"It's not that serious. He's just rolled his ankle a little bit after someone fell on it," he said.

Cipriani turned the same ankle that required surgery following a fractured dislocation sustained at the end of last season.

The 21-year-old is due to have a pin removed from his right ankle and Wasps director of rugby Ian McGeechan insisted the decision would be made with the player's best interests at heart.

"We'll do purely what is the best for Danny and that will be done in conjunction with the club, not just England" he said.

"It's got to be a medical decision over the timing of it."

Riki Flutey led the charge as Gloucester were demolished at Adams Park, ending their faint hopes of securing a place in the play-offs.

Flutey crossed twice while Tom Voyce and Simon Shaw also touched down, leaving Edwards frustrated at his side's own inability to finish in the top four.

"We're gutted we're not in the play-offs because we're hitting form at the right time" he said.

"We can't defend our title because of what happened earlier in the season."

Emotional Lewsey

Josh Lewsey played his last match for the club he has served for 13 years after deciding to retire.

The 32-year-old will feature for the Barbarians next month before attempting to scale Everest and then later becoming a management consultant.

"It's been a very emotional week. Wasps is a very special place and I believe I'd had my best year for six or seven years," he said.

"I'm always at the end of the phone as a sounding board for any of the players at the club.

"We've underperformed this season but there's nothing broken, things just need to be tweaked."

Gloucester head coach Dean Ryan appeared to backtrack on his revelation after the EDF Energy Cup final thumping by Cardiff that there would be a summer clear-out at Kingsholm.

Instead, he accused external forces of calling for change.

"There's a lot to learn from clubs like Wasps. There's a celebration of seventh and a destruction of sixth yet Wasps are the champions," he said.

"Wasps have taken some pain this season but understand that when all their arrows are pointing in the right way it's still a good club.

"It's not just a case of it hasn't worked for us, everyone out. There's a review going on and we'll understand the problems.

"I expect to be here. We've got to rebuild Gloucester. We can't just destroy something just because it's not going well.

"Most of the desire to pull it apart seems to have from external forces like the media."

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