England and Gloucester fly-half Danny Cipriani insists that he hasn’t been given a fair shot at international level amidst criticism from many that he wasted his chances over the last decade.
Cipriani, who was banned for three weeks following a red card against Munster in the Champions Cup last week defended his England career in an interview with quarterly journal Rugby and spoke of his frustration at people’s perception of him.
“It’s frustrating for me when people say, ‘he’s had so many chances.’ What chances are they talking about? I had one start for England in 10 years,” said Cipriani.
“I know my skillset and what I can bring, and every time I have been given an opportunity at that level – whether it be off the bench for 10, 15 or 20 minutes – I’d like to think that I’ve had an impact on the game in a positive way.
“There are obviously lots of things I can work on as a rugby player, which I’m continuing to do, and I love that. I love being at Gloucester because there’s such a great challenge here.
“But, yeah, reading about all the chances is definitely the most frustrating thing I ever read, because I don’t think I have really…”
The 30-year old won the last of his 16 caps for England against South Africa this Summer and Cipriani was instrumental setting up Jonny May’s match-winning try with a moment of magic.
Cipriani, however, will not get the chance to battle the Springboks again after first being controversially being left out of Eddie Jones’ Autumn squad and now banned for last weekend’s sending off.
The fly-half has been in excellent form this season for his club side Gloucester but has had to manage some troubles off the field as well as on it.
“When I’m done in the next couple of years, I’ll know that I have given it my best shot, if coaches in those times have felt it difficult to get to know me or felt like I was challenging, then maybe we’ve all got some learning to do.”