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Strictly Come Dancing bosses are hoping to sign rugby star Danny Cipriani for the new series after the chemistry between him and pro Jowita Przystal worked so well during the Christmas special.



Rugby star Danny Cipriani is reportedly in talks with Strictly Come Dancing to join the cast of the new series.

The former sportsman had previously taken part in the show's Christmas special in 2023 and sources now claim that bosses are hoping to sign him up for the main show.

A source told The Sun that Danny impressed bosses with his footwork when he competed at the festival show with pro Jowita Pryzstal and that he is now set to fly in from the US to meet with producers.

The source said: “Danny proved he has what it takes in the one-off special and Strictly would love to have him back.”

“It was an experience he enjoyed, and Danny's family and friends urged him to say yes.”

Rugby star Danny Cipriani is reportedly in talks with Strictly Come Dancing to join the cast of the new series
The former athlete had already taken part in the show's Christmas special in 2023. According to sources, those in charge now hope to be able to sign him for the main show.

“Danny has Bear Hunt coming out on Netflix next year, so he's got time and can get involved. He's coming back to the UK for a face-to-face meeting.”

A BBC spokesperson told the publication: “We do not comment on speculation.” MailOnline has contacted representatives for Danny Cipriani and Strictly Come Dancing for comment.

Danny previously caused a stir with his sparkling chemistry with pro Jowita when the pair appeared in the Strictly Christmas special and received an impressive score of 37 out of 40.

At the time, the sportsman had just separated from his wife Victoria after two years of marriage and he and Jowita appeared visibly familiar as they competed against each other on the BBC show.

In an Instagram post, Danny gave a special mention to Jowita, writing: “Special thanks to @jowitaprzystal for always making sure it's fun… Strictly Eve❤️.”

Sources claimed the couple spent many hours together during the two-week rehearsals leading up to the performance.

An insider said: “BBC bosses must have had an inkling that they would be a hot couple on the dance floor, but on a personal level they probably didn't expect the pair to get so close so quickly.”

“They join a long line of stars and professionals who have grown closer to one another through long, intimate sessions in the rehearsal studio.”

Danny previously caused a stir with his sparkling chemistry with pro Jowita when they appeared in Strictly's Christmas special, receiving an impressive score of 37 out of 40.

Elsewhere, Danny recently announced that he was in a relationship with AnnaLynne McCord following his split from wife Victoria, and the pair have shown each other their affection in a series of displays of affection.

Victoria reacted sharply to her husband's declaration that he had found new love. She sarcastically told her fans: “It's nice to see my husband has moved on,” before promptly deleting the post.

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The former England rugby star announced his relationship with AnnaLynne after sharing a series of loving photos taken during the couple's holiday in Egypt.

But his estranged wife accused her husband, in a now-deleted post, of “moving on” just six months after the separation.

“Nice to see my husband has moved on,” alongside an emoji expressing her surprise, before adding: “But his belongings and clothes in our house, in our drawers, still haven’t moved on.”

In a direct message to the rugby star, she added: “Can you please send me a miracle? Can you answer the lawyer's letter so I can keep my car? All the best. Love, your ever patient wife.”

The photos, which show Danny and AnnaLynne kissing and cuddling at a spiritual retreat in Egypt, were taken just six months after the divorce was announced.

Elsewhere, following his split from wife Victoria, Danny recently revealed that he was in a relationship with 90210 star AnnaLynne McCord

A source close to Victoria accused Danny of “showing off his girlfriend” even though there are still some “loose ends” to be resolved in their marriage – including the fact that they are not yet legally divorced.

“He left her and now he's showing off his new girlfriend. It's not easy for Victoria, even though she doesn't want him back,” an insider told MailOnline.

“She's having some financial problems because of the Mercedes that's registered in his name.”

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“The last time she saw him was in February when he came by to pick up a pair of shoes.”

“All his things are still in the house in Kent, so in that respect he hasn't really moved.”

“It's all going to end in divorce and lawyers are involved, but they only separated in November.”

“Danny seems to be showing off his new girlfriend, but there are still some loose ends to be resolved in his marriage. She is still his wife.”

The pictures of Danny and AnnaLynne confirmed suspicions that the two were in a romantic relationship after they were spotted arm in arm at the product launch of skincare brand Clarins.

Danny and Victoria, who were married for over two years, ended their marriage in November after a series of “arguments over text messages” that she saw on his phone.

AnnaLynne first rose to prominence as the scheming Eden Lord in 12 episodes of the FX series Nip/Tuck between 2007 and 2009, but rose to mainstream fame as Naomi Clark in the reboot of 90210 between 2008 and 2013.

AnnaLynne also had a recurring role on the soap opera Dallas in 2014.

Before his marriage to Victoria, Danny also had well-documented relationships with Kelly Brook, Katie Price, Lindsay Lohan and Kirsty Gallacher.

Last year, the former rugby player revealed shocking details of his extensively documented sex life and love affairs in his autobiography, “Who Am I?”

Danny and his estranged wife Victoria, who were married for over two years, ended their marriage in November 2023 after a series of “difficult” arguments over text messages she saw on his phone

Victoria had previously claimed that she had no idea about her husband's divorce until he announced it publicly.

In November, she wrote in another, now-deleted Instagram post: “Danny publicly announced our separation without prior notice or discussion with me.”

“I was made aware of the situation at the same time as the public, and this caused me great pain. I apologize if my reactions and responses seemed reactive or emotionally charged.

“The truth is, I'm still going through a difficult time and it's challenging for me to see Danny speak publicly about our breakup when I haven't yet found the strength to process it, adjust or heal.”

A source close to the couple said that everything was going well in the marriage until the summer.

But the source added: “Victoria has been increasingly unhappy over the last few months. Things became tense and then she saw some text messages on his phone and that led to some difficult arguments between them and they have now split up.”