England fans send message to Eddie Jones
One of the biggest campaigns from England fans this season on social media has been the call for Danny Cipriani to be selected for England.
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:
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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