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England rugby ace Cipriani training with Colorado Rapids

September 3, 2010
By ESPN staff

England rugby player Danny Cipriani is turning heads in the football world after taking part in training with Major League Soccer side Colorado Rapids.

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GettyImagesDanny Cipriani has made seven appearances for the England rugby team

Cipriani, 22, is due to head to Australia shortly to play for the Melbourne Rebels rugby team, but he has pitched up in Denver and the club are of the opinion that his stay is more than just a holiday.

The fly-half was a talented footballer as a teenage, playing junior football for Queens Park Rangers before he was offered youth terms by Reading - which he rejected in favour of pursuing a rugby career.

And having trained with the Colorado squad, he appears to have made a positive impression on the club's coaching staff.

"He is keen to explore opportunities in soccer in general and with the Rapids in particular," The Rapids' communication manager Jason Gilham told The Times.

"I think he is looking at that possibility," Gilham added when asked if Cipriani was looking to secure a contract with the franchise. "It is something that is being looked at from both sides."

The Rebels still expect to see Cipriani make his move to Australia on October 1. "He is absolutely on board," Rebels coach Rod Macqueen said. "We have seen no evidence to say that he is not coming. We are expecting him in about three weeks."