The Melbourne Rebels have confirmed that Danny Cipriani has signed a three-year contract with the Sale Sharks making the 2012 Super Rugby season his last with the Rebels.
Cipriani will complete the final year of his Rebels contract and return to England at the end of the Super Rugby season.
The flyhalf was the Rebels leading point scorer in 2011 with 108 points in his debut season of Super Rugby.
RaboDirect Rebels CEO Steven Boland today thanked Cipriani for his contribution to the club.
"It was a tremendous coup for the club to sign a player of Danny's calibre and like all of our players, Danny has played an important part in our short history," said Boland.
"However, we have always understood and supported his desire to return to the English national team and we hope that this move will help Danny achieve this goal.
"Throughout his time in Melbourne, Danny has been integrally involved in our community based 5 Star Engagement Program and we believe that this, coupled with his experience in Super Rugby, means he leaves the Club better prepared for the challenges that lay ahead.
"On behalf of the club, I would like to thank Danny for his service and wish him all the best with his career," Boland said