Controversial rugby star Danny Cipriani has been recalled to the England squad for the upcoming games against the Barbarians and the tour to New Zealand.
Cipriani, 26, was signed as Sale’s marquee signing in 2013 following a successful season with the Melbourne Rebels in Australia and has not been involved in England duty since he earned his seventh cap back in 2008.
The fly-half has enjoyed a successful season with the Sharks, displaying a huge improvement in his defensive capabilities in particular. Cipriani’s performances were rewarded with the Aviva Player of the Month award for March and Sale finished in a respectable sixth-position in the Premiership, despite battling relegation just twelve months ago.
Cipriani has made 19 club appearances this season, scoring five tries. He has also scored two drop goals, 33 conversions and 32 penalties, to give him a points total of 193 for the season.
The 26-year-old is one of three Sale players to make Stuart Lancaster’s training squad ahead of the trip to New Zealand, and the England manager had this to say about Cipriani:
“I judge players on their form for their club. Reputation and what they’ve done in the past counts for something, but not everything. Danny’s definitely improved and Sale have played well. Danny has controlled the games really well. I’m pleased with what he’s done and he’s in the equation.”
England Training Squad:
Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons), Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby), Danny Cipriani (Sale Sharks), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), Dave Ewers (Exeter Chiefs), Sam Hill (Exeter Chiefs), Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby), Michael Paterson (Sale Sharks), Chris Pennell (Worcester Warriors), Dan Robson (Gloucester Rugby), Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Tommy Taylor (Sale Sharks), Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks), Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby), Marland Yarde (London Irish)