The Gloucester fly-half has been imperious all season, and was rewarded for his great form yesterday by being named the RPA Players’ Player of the Year. As expected, there has been a torrent of calls from fans on social media for the 31-year-old to be selected by Eddie Jones for the World Cup later this year.
Cipriani has long been shunned by Jones, and although he featured for England in the summer tour of South Africa in 2018, he was omitted from the Autumn internationals and Six Nations. This is despite his consistent form for Gloucester, where he has been the driving force of their success this season, where the Cherry and Whites sit in third place in the Premiership.
Many England fans are astonished that Jones still has the temerity to say that Cipriani’s form has not been good enough, and feel this is the clearest message that the 16-cap international should be going to Japan in September.
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This is what the fans have said on Twitter:
If he is the player of the year, why is he not in the England squad? Why is Eddie Jones allowed to get away with discrimination? If he has a problem with @DannyCipriani87 then be a man and come out and tell us!
— Wayne Tuckwell, CISMP MBCS (@waynetuckwell) May 9, 2019
Player of the year in the best and most competitive league in the world. Danny should be going to World Cup. Come on Eddie pick your best players
— Derek Ford-bailey (@DerekFordBailey) May 9, 2019
After his consistent top quality performances this season he deserves to be in the England squad on merit….we do not have many players who can come on & create a spark to change a game like cips can ?
— Tony Jolliffe (@tjjodmill117) May 9, 2019
Rightly so, he would probably win player of the #RWC2019 Were he to be selected
— John (@Jondg2017) May 9, 2019
— Elliot Clarke (@elliotclarke90) May 9, 2019
This is still not enough for Eddie I’m sure, “Danny you didn’t make the correct pass that one time so not gona pick ya…” it’s an absolute mystery why you aren’t 1st choice 10 in this England team
— Daniel Hemmings (@DanielHemmings9) May 9, 2019
— A???? W??? (@aaronwebb80) May 8, 2019
Eddie …. open your eyes!!!
— George Haine (@GeorgeHaine) May 9, 2019
Congratulations Danny, I have gone on and on for years that you should be in the England squad.. Hope Eddie Jones was watching!! Well earned!
— Alyson leitch (@Geordiesbird) May 9, 2019
And still not good enough for England?!?! Eddie Jones needs his head checking!
— Bruce Hockin (@Lardinio) May 8, 2019
Two Glaws players Eddie does even know play rugby
— MarcusBergin (@mofchelt) May 9, 2019
Cipriani receives the RPA player of the year yet somehow can’t make it into the England side… something doesn’t quite add up there ? George Ford is the new Toby Flood, stealing ??????? caps for a living.
— Jack Anderson (@jackando1994) May 9, 2019
Throughout Jones’ tenure in charge of England, the Australian has always favoured Owen Farrell and George Ford, either playing as a 10-12 axis, or bringing Ford on from the bench. However, there were times during the Six Nations where Jones did not show a lot of trust in Ford. This was highlighted when he did not bring the Leicester fly-half on against Wales at the Principality Stadium, despite England’s attack grinding to a halt.
Equally, Farrell came under some heavy criticism over the Six Nations, particularly for his game management against Scotland. While both of these players are still likely to make the World Cup, many feel Cipriani is worthy of a place as well, as he can bring an attacking dynamism that his peers cannot.
However, this argument from the fans has fallen on deaf ears over the past 12 months, and while many may have given up hope that Cipriani would represent his country again, this award has only stoked the flames regarding this ongoing campaign.
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