Is Danny Cipriani in England's World Cup Plans?

Is Danny Cipriani in England's World Cup Plans?

Premiership Player of the Season Danny Cipriani could be back in Eddie Jones' England squad after he was blocked featuring for the Barbarians this weekend after Gloucester lost to Saracens in the Premiership semi-final last weekend.

Barbarians head coach Pat Lam revealed that Cipriani was considered to feature for the invitational side against England on Sunday before the Barbarians were informed he was unavailable for selection. 

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The Gloucester fly-half was part of a group of potential Barbarians players who were not given permission by their respective unions to play for the side with the Rugby World Cup on the horizon.

This indicates that he might be part of Eddie Jones' wider training squad next month. 

Jones will name a final training squad in early July once all the players have completed his five-week mandatory rest period.

The players involved in the Premiership semi-finals will join the training squad a week later than the those who did not make the playoffs with the Saracens and Exeter players being added a week later.

“He wasn’t available,” Lam said.

“I’m predicting that the ones that weren’t available – and this isn’t guaranteed – but you are expecting to see them in their [countries’] World Cup squads." 

"He was unavailable because there are some players that want to play but they have to be signed off by the unions or clubs. Once I talk to the player and they are keen they have to be signed off and some players weren’t signed off because of World Cup squads.”

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Quotes via: The Guardian

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