Eddie Jones EXCLUSIVE: England boss explains why Danny Cipriani didn’t make squad for autumn internationals

18 Oct

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.

England boss Eddie Jones named his 32-man autumn international squad at Twickenham

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.

Cipriani started in England’s last outing against South Africa in Cape Town

“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.”

Listen to talkSPORT’s interview with England head coach Eddie Jones IN FULL above!

Rugby news: Injuries are Danny Cipriani’s only way back into the England squad, says Lawrence Dallaglio on talkSPORT

18 Oct

Danny Cipriani’s only route back into the England squad is if either Owen Farrell or George Ford get injured, says Lawrence Dallaglio.

The 2003 World Cup winner joined talkSPORT to offer his verdict on Thursday’s squad announcement for next month’s Autumn internationals.

Boss Eddie Jones has named his 36-man group for the Tests against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia, and Cipriani has been left out once again.

The 30-year-old playmaker has enjoyed a strong start to the season for Gloucester, picking up the Premiership Player of the Month award for September.

But he has not done enough to dislodge the first-choice duo.

Jones admitted on Thursday the decision was ‘tough’ on the Gloucester man, saying he’s currently third choice despite his club rugby form.

Eddie Jones named his 32-man England squad on Thursday

And Dallaglio admits only an injury blow to Jones’ squad would present Cipriani with another chance of staking his claim for a World Cup place.

“There’s no Danny Cipriani, but I don’t think that’s a surprise,” said the World Cup winner on Thursday’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.

“Eddie Jones has made it clear that he sees Owen Farrell and George Ford as his number one and number two.

“Unless one of those guys gets injured, it looks pretty clear Danny will have to just wait for his time.”

Listen to Lawrence Dallaglio’s verdict on the England squad IN FULL above!