The Exeter star needed a plate and wiring inserted in his leg to repair the break and ankle dislocation
he suffered against Wasps 22 months ago.
But the man who made the top flight with Town in 1970 also knows why the former Stockport star who is working his way back to fitness after a broken left leg and ankle dislocation
is hungry to play in the Prem.
Jonty Clarke and Barry Middleton both scored twice as England went top of Pool B, although victory was overshadowed after Richard Mantell was taken to hospital with a suspected ankle dislocation
Cipriani suffered a fractured ankle dislocation
in Wasps' Premiership semi-final win over Bath last May and he was not initially expected to be playing again until late November.
On the debit side Brighton back-row man Josh Bates suffered a serious ankle dislocation
in the first period and faces an operating theatre date today.
With Wales star Martyn Williams rested, popular openside flanker Robin Sowden-Taylor makes his first appearance for the Blues since suffering a horrific, career-threatening ankle dislocation
and break last September at the Ospreys.
Sowden-Taylor has been out for the last six months after sustaining a severe ankle dislocation
and break in the away match against the Ospreys last September.
Out since March because of a broken left leg and ankle dislocation
, the 23-year-old wing star will report back with the rest of his Town teammates tomorrow.
Bouma has been sidelined for 19 months after his return from a sickening ankle dislocation
, sustained during an InterToto Cup tie in July 2008, was delayed by a toe injury in October.