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Danny Cipriani excluded from England training squad despite sensational form

Danny Cipriani excluded from England training squad despite sensational form
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Gloucester number ten Danny Cipriani has not been named in Eddie Jones’ 36-man England squad that will assemble in Bristol for a training camp ahead of the autumn internationals. Chris Ashton and Manu Tuilagi were included, but Cipriani has been viewed as surplus to requirements.

Tuilagi, after scoring a sensational try for Leicester Tigers, is in the squad for the first time since playing for England in the 2016 Six Nations.

Ashton, who moved to England’s Sale Sharks from France, has also been included having last played Test rugby in 2014, while uncapped wingers Nathan Earle of Harlequins and Joe Cokanasiga of Bath have also been called up.

South Africans Michael Rhodes of Saracens and Nick Schonert of Worcester Warriors make up the other two uncapped players in the squad.

CIPRIANI

While in form Cipriani the most high profile exclusion from the squad, Jones has stated that they only wanted to work with two number tens.

In his view, the Gloucester playmaker is not one of them, instead favouring George Ford and Owen Farrell.

“We just wanted two stand-offs in the squad because we want them to get a lot of training time. Danny is probably third or fourth choice right now,” he said.

“He has some things to work on and he knows what they are. He’s disappointed but he understands.”

THE JOHN MITCHELL FACTOR

Earlier this week, former New Zealand coach Mitchell was confirmed as England’s new defence coach until the end of the Rugby World Cup 2019. Scott Wisemantel will continue as attack coach for the Quilter Internationals.

“The training camp in Bristol is our last opportunity to get the squad together before the Quilter Internationals so it is vital we put down some parameters, particularly with John Mitchell coming in as defence coach,” Jones said.

“We’ll implement a slightly different defence philosophy building on the great work Paul Gustard has done to keep advancing our defence. It’s a great opportunity for the players to work with John and for the team to keep evolving.”

The final England squad will be named on 18 October.

ENGLAND FIXTURES

3 November 2018 vs South Africa
10 November 2018 vs New Zealand
17 November 2018 vs Japan
24 Novemver 2018 vs Australia

TRAINING SQUAD

Forwards: (20) Tom Curry, Jamie George, Dylan Hartley, Nathan Hughes, Nick Isiekwe, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Zach Mercer, Michael Rhodes, Chris Robshaw, Nick Schonert, Brad Shields, Kyle Sinckler, Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Harry Williams, Mark Wilson.

Backs: (16) Chris Ashton, Mike Brown, Danny Care, Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly, Nathan Earle, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Alex Lozowski, Jonny May, Jack Nowell, Dan Robson, Henry Slade, Ben Te’o, Manu Tuilagi, Ben Youngs.

9 Comments

  •  45678
    45678

    The section of Ford / Farrell / Cipriani at 10 is completely irrelevant if the forwards don’t perform. Ford and cips don’t play well unless the game loosens up or the forwards get decent ball. Sort that out first and then debate who gets the back line going. 

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  •  petersam
    petersam
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    Dear Rugbydump.com team.  I get that you are a business based on clicks and so have some sympathy for sensationalist "hook-lines", but it would be great if you could tone it down a little - it has increased noticeably of late.  In this case, for example, nobody has been excluded from anything, he's just not been picked because the coach feels he has better options for what he wants to do.  The same is true for a number of other players on good form who have been left out because there are simply people in front of them (which is the case in basically any high-level sport on the planet).  This is a real non-story along the lines of "plane did not crash today despite our expectation that it would".

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    •  hackneygriffin
      hackneygriffin

      He was in the squad. Now he isn't. So... Nathan Earle's continued inclusion ahead of Alex Lewington and Michael Rhodes inclusion over any of the Exeter back row seem the bigger stories here to me. Cipriani has been in great form, although his defence remains pretty suspect. But Ford has started the season really brightly and Jones' reasoning seems solid.

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    •  malcolmbradbrook
      malcolmbradbrook

      Tosh and poppycock petersam. This article is in no way sensationalised. Cipriani was starting fly-half last time England played and now he is not in the squad despite moments of pure brilliance this season. 

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    •  rugbydump
      rugbydump

      Hi Petersam, thanks for the feedback. Cipriani was excluded from the training squad despite being in top form, with fans and pundits expecting and hoping to see him included and rewarded for that form. This was a surprise for many. Hence the headline and the factual information included in the article.

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      •  petersam
        petersam

        I think you missed my point - he has not been excluded from anything.  Exclusion is not the opposite of inclusion (Switzerland is not included in the EU but is certainly not excluded from it).  Cipriani has not been included in the squad but that is not the same as exclusion from it - which is what happened to Tuilagi after previous off-field incidents, for example.

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        •  im1
          im1

          Technically the use of exclude in this case is perfectly legitimate as it can mean to leave out in "British" English.https://www.collinsdictionary.com/dictionary/english/exclude

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      •  petersam
        petersam

        I think you missed my point - he has not been excluded from anything.  Exclusion is not the opposite of inclusion (Switzerland is not included in the EU but is certainly not excluded from it).  Cipriani has not been included in the squad but that is not the same as exclusion from it - which is what happened to Tuilagi after previous off-field incidents, for example.

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        •  jimmy23
          jimmy23

          Think you're making a mountain out of a molehill here mate. 

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