This is the second week in a row that the Gloucester fly-half has been omitted after doing specialised strength and conditioning work last week off-site with Bath’s Sam Underhill and Anthony Watson. This is despite being named in the official 38-man World Cup training squad at the beginning of July.
As it has so often been the case throughout Eddie Jones’ tenure – and throughout Cipriani’s career – fans are questioning why he has not been picked.
It is understandable if he was completely snubbed, but the fact that he was called up to the training squad – and has since been dismissed twice – has left fans scratching their heads.
Eddie Jones excludes Premiership player of the year from England warm weather camp https://t.co/F8hxqDYOpq
— RugbyPass (@RugbyPass) July 22, 2019
While his fitness may have not been up to the standard that Jones desired last week, this latest decision by the Australian is all the more perplexing, and fans want to know why he has done this.
After England supporters had demanded a recall for Cipriani throughout the season, some feel that his selection was only a token gesture by Jones and that he was never going to make the World Cup.
If so, it would have been better if he were completely snubbed like Alex Goode, another player many fans wanted in the squad, rather than wasting his time.
Of course, there may be a good reason for Cipriani missing out the last two weeks, but it is the lack of clarity that some fans are finding strange. This is what has been said:
Eddie sent him and a couple of others away to work on fitness and conditioning didn’t he? He’s either not happy with his fitness or Cips didn’t impress him in the weeks training he had with him. Not much point in calling him up really. All seems a bit of a token gesture
— James Connor (@jmconnor6) July 22, 2019
Unbelievable!!! Not even a mention on the England RFU Website, that Cipriani has been dropped. Absolute Joke. Surely they must even find it embarrassing, hence why there is no mention of it.
— MikeNeville (@mickeyneville) July 22, 2019
What’s happening with @DannyCipriani87 ?? Not even a mention in the latest training squad let alone a spot, is he still doing strength and conditioning or been dropped completely? ?
— Chrizzy696 (@Chrizzy696) July 22, 2019
Piers Francis ahead of Cipriani is utterly baffling.
— Alex Quantock (@alexquantock) July 22, 2019
well shock bloody horror- Cips not included….. #jonesmustgo
— Bill Kelly (@wfmkelly) July 22, 2019
No Cipriani ???? joke
— Ryan Exley (@ryanexley1) July 22, 2019
Jones needs to tell us what he has against Cipriani. https://t.co/YMjBOsT26a
— Philip Sambu (@wekesa) July 22, 2019
Probably it was always Eddie’s plan. He was just messing Cipriani about
— Kevin T (@notsouniquename) July 22, 2019
Eddie Jones has strung cipprianni along the whole time.. should be sacked on that alone… disgraceful by Jones… big sarries fan….
— Stephen king (@Stephen91314828) July 22, 2019
@EnglandRugby Eddie Jones you are a disgrace, every 'English' rugby fan wants to see the Premiership player of the year wearing an England rugby shirt, except you! If you insist on the predictable Farrell and Ford show we don't stand a chance in Japan
— Richard Youhill (@RichardYouhill) July 22, 2019
What does @DannyCipriani87 have to do to be included?
— Nathan Bacon (@CharityNatBacon) July 22, 2019
Never rated Jones and his handling of Cipriani is just disgusting and embarrassing. He will cost us this World Cup through his stubbornness!
— Oliver Jackson (@Ollie_Jackson89) July 22, 2019
We knew it was the case..using the player to get the press off his back after the awards Cips picked up…win or lose this world cup I have a dislike for the way Jones messes with players careers…hopefully he will leave ASAP
— Fightnfitpixs (@fightnfitpixs) July 22, 2019
The 31-year-old made his return to the England squad last summer for the June series in South Africa, starting the third Test and guiding his team to victory.
Many thought that he would then become established in the England team, but an off-field incident in the summer once again made him an outcast, although Jones never admitted that was why he was not picked for the November internationals or the Six Nations.
However, after being named the RPA Players’ player of the season and the Premiership player of the season, calls for Cipriani to add to his 16 caps were hard to ignore. But some fans must feel in the same position they were last November with this latest exclusion.
Fans will still hope that the fly-half will get a chance to prove himself in at least one of those England’s fixtures before the World Cup. But for now, questions are being asked regarding Jones’ latest decision to overlook him.
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