Danny Cipriani has been rewarded for his excellent form this season as the 30-year-old has won the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Player Of The Month Award for September.
He has helped his Gloucester side to fifth in the Premiership table after the Kingsholm outfit recorded two wins and a draw in their first three fixtures before losing to Saracens and Harlequins.
And his Head Coach, Johan Ackermann said: “Credit to Danny, when he joined us there was a lot of pressure on him from changing clubs and everything, but he has slotted in really well both on the field and off the field.
“On the field, it was quite evident that we could see his skill from the first training session. He has got a big belief in his ability in how we can play and he is not shy to try things. I think that suits us, we want to give players that freedom and he has slotted in really well on that.
“It fits quite well because we want our teams to be dominant, we want our teams to be involved between us and the players that want a lot of interaction.”
Cipriani was judged by a panel of experts as the player who made the biggest impact in Gallagher Premiership Rugby over the month September.
He was involved in a three-way battle to win the Award eventually beating Exeter Chiefs’ duo Sam Simmonds and Henry Slade to the title.
“Danny has that ability to come in and ask questions, share ideas, and I think the players can see that he’s a guy that studies the game and has a very good attention to detail.
“It suits us because as much as we want to play with freedom. The better detail you have, the better for the performance.
“It’s early days, we don’t want to put extra pressure on him, but he must stick to his process, and stick to his game.
“We as a team have still got a lot of improvement to assist him, but it’s early days and it’s up to the team to help Danny.
“The main thing is for him to enjoy being at Gloucester and as a team we keep trying really hard to hopefully help his game as well.
“We are delighted to see a Gloucester Rugby player winning the inaugural Gallagher Premiership Rugby Player of the Month and it’s great to see the new title partner so committed to recognising high performance on the pitch whilst actively supporting local clubs and schools in the local community to get engaged with rugby”.
Cipriani was voted for by a panel of media professionals based on his performances in September, alongside a public poll which drew 1,200 votes on the Premiership Rugby app. The judges were: Nick Mullins (BT Sport), Alastair Eykyn (BT Sport), Mick Cleary (The Daily Telegraph), Sarah Mockford (Rugby World), Jonny Fordham (The Sun), Robert Kitson (The Guardian), Chris Jones (BBC 5 Live), David Rogers (Getty Images) and Tom Hamilton (ESPN). The panel was chaired by Paul Morgan, Premiership Rugby’s Communications Director.