England head coach Eddie Jones has told talkSPORT he left Danny Cipriani out of his autumn international squad because there are ‘areas of the game he needs to work on’.
The Red Rose boss announced his 32-man group for Tests against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia on Thursday.
Cipriani has enjoyed a strong start to the new season with Gloucester, being named the Premiership Player of the Month for September, but he did not make Jones’ squad.
It’s a big blow to the 30-year-old playmaker’s hopes of making England’s World Cup team, as Jones begins to make his preparations for the tournament in Japan next year.
England's autumn internationals
- v South Africa – 3/11/18
- v New Zealand – 10/11/18
- v Japan – 17/11/18
- v Australia – 24/11/18
Cipriani’s omission has already made plenty of headlines on Thursday morning, and Jones joined talkSPORT following his squad announcement to explain why the fly-half had been overlooked.
Speaking to talkSPORT’s Russell Hargreaves at Twickenham, the Australian said: “We’ve gone with two fly-halves.
“We think Owen [Farrell] and George [Ford] are the two best fly-halves and they’ve been consistently in the team since I came in 2016.
“We think they are the two guys to lead England forward.
“Danny is the third choice, and there are some areas of the game we think he needs to work on.
“He understands that and now it’s up to him.”
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