Cipriani needs to work on his weaknesses

In the last year England back Danny Cipriani has gone from being England’s first choice fly half to England Saxons reserve back on the bench but England boss Martin Johnson says that he is still in contention for England honours.

Since the autumn internationals last year when he started as England’s first-choice No 10 it hasn’t been a happy time for Cipriani as far as time in the England team goes.

His lack of form with Wasps and with Martin Johnson calling up Andy Goode instead of Cipriani he missed the British and Irish Lions tour to South Africa and ended the season at the Churchill Cup with the Saxons in North America.

Cipriani even missed the call up for the England senior team in Manchester and Argentina but England boss Johnson says that with a little more work he could be back in the England fold.

“We picked him in the autumn based on what he’d done the previous year with England and he struggled a little bit, but then the team struggled too,” said Johnson.

“Danny is one of a number of young players who’ve had a taste of it, won a couple of caps and are now battling to get back into a competitive squad.”

“He’s a talented young player but he’s got areas of weakness that he has to work on.”he told the Daily Mail possibly speaking about Cipriani’s habit of having his clearance kicks charged down.

England have called up Jonny Wilkinson and Toby Flood for the England fly half places. Flood is currently injured and some reports expect him to miss the Autumn Internationals.

England Saxons number 10 Stephen Myler would probably get the call up ahead of Cipriani.

Andy Goode finished the season as England’s first choice number 10 but as he is based in France he was left out of the squad as was James Haskell and a few others.

Johnson says that although the French based players were left out of the squad they are still in contention subject to them being released by their French clubs.

England management will hold talks on Friday with with Brive, who have Riki Fluttery, Andy Goode, Steve Thompson and Jamie Noon on their books.

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