Yet again Danny Cipriani has been left out of England’s training squad and this time it is just ahead of the Six Nations tournament that starts in just under two weeks’ time and the decision as usual divides opinion.
Cipriani made his return back into the Gloucester team last weekend against Munster following the chest injury he sustained against Exeter in November however, Eddie Jones is still hesitant over the fly-half’s position within the England set-up.https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Cipriani lost his place in the squad during the Autumn Internationals after being called up for the tour to South Africa over the summer, in which he started the final test and produced the try assist for the winning try.
He was instrumental to Gloucester’s strong start in the Gallagher Premiership and helped guide them to their current top four position in the league.
Cipriani has been previously been criticised by Head Coach Jones for his work rate and defence indicating that this has again contributed to his exclusion from the squad.
The 31 year old has only 16 international caps in 11 years and turned down opportunities in France to stay in England to stake a claim in the squad for the upcoming World Cup in September.
It’s no secret that there is and has been a lot of hype surrounding Cipriani over the past couple of seasons, but last year Jones claimed that the media created a lot of the hype and that he is already the starting Fly-Half for the World Cup in the medias eyes.
“Mistakes happen, you have to go again. It’s how you look after yourself and come back from it.”— Rugby on BT Sport (@btsportrugby) June 21, 2018
As the Premiership season neared it’s end, Danny Cipriani sat down with Ugo Monye to discuss his evolution.
On Saturday he starts a test for England for the first time in 10 years. pic.twitter.com/03UFFYCX57
It is clear that the front-runners for the 10 shirt in September are Owen Farrell and George Ford with Cipriani even being forth choice with the flexibility that some of the players in the squad can offer through being a utility-back option.
Will Cipriani ever make it back into the squad? That is the question that needs an answer. He is yet another international standard player not playing international rugby, and it is all a bit confusing as to why.
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