Lancaster says Cipriani could get England call up

Sale Sharks flyhalf Danny Cipriani hopes of playing in an England shirt again have been given a boost by head coach Stuart Lancaster.

Twenty-six-year-old Cipriani has returned to his old form in this season’s Premiership but has still not been called up by England for the Six Nations.

However England head coach Stuart Lancaster says that there is hope for Cipriani and the two have been talking.

“There’s certainly no issue with him as a person,” Lancaster told the BBC and said that he had called Cipriani to tell him that he had missed out on a call up but was on his radar.

“I’ve said to him his goal has to be the summer tour of New Zealand.”

Historically Lancaster has stuck with Saracens’ Owen Farrell and Leicester’s Toby Flood but as Flood is moving to France he was dropped and Bath’s George Ford was called up.

Cipriani fell out of favour after England’s loss to New Zealand’s All Blacks in November 2008 when he won his seventh cap.

In 2010 he moved to Australia and played two seasons of Super Rugby for the Melbourne Rebels.

Cipriani returned to England for the 2012/3 Premiership season and after struggling initially he has been enjoying some better form.

Sale Sharks have benefited from his form and they have won six of their 12 matches and are currently in a comfortable mid-table position.

Lancaster added,”I had a long conversation with him on Wednesday, a good chat. I have watched all his games.

“He’s been a lot more consistent this season but I want to leave him at Sale to keep making progress, which he accepted and he said he felt it was the right thing to do.

“There are some areas where he’s got some ground to make up as we move towards the World Cup.

“He’s beginning to make up that ground, though, which is good.”

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