Eddie Jones has announced his 31-man squad to train this week ahead of the final Six Nations match against Scotland, and there is one noticeable change that has caught many fans’ attention on Twitter.
It is not necessarily Cipriani’s omission that has shocked so many fans, rather the decision to select Smith over him. The former Wasps 10 is one of the form players in the Premiership, and his display against Harlequins showed that. His exclusion has left many fans once again wondering what he has to do to work his way back into the England squad, particularly with precious little time ahead of the World Cup in September.
This is the reaction from the fans:
Smith over Cipriani?! Did Eddie not watch Danny yesterday?
— Phil World (@phil_world88) March 11, 2019
You speak for an entire nation…madness
— Rusty Rascal (@Rusty_Rascal) March 11, 2019
like what earth does cips have to do
— tom brown (@thesatnav89) March 11, 2019
It is a bit insane isn't it – is Smith really going to be on the bench in the World Cup? No. Could Cips be a genuine threat off the bench for the World Cup? Yes. Did he sleep with Jones' wife or something?
— Guys Being Guys – sports & chat (@guysbeingguys1) March 11, 2019
I am a diehard @Harlequins fan, but I know who at the moment is the better fly half.
— John Cook (@cookjoh8) March 11, 2019
He really doesn't like Danny Cipriani does he?
— Mark Budd (@Buddyboy51) March 11, 2019
Marcus Smith?? I watched Quins v Gloucester yesterday and it was man against boy with Cipriani v Smith. Really don’t know what Eddie Jones is doing
— James Connor (@jmconnor6) March 11, 2019
What does Danny Cipriani have to do to be in the England squad?
— Katy Homewood (@_katyhomewood) March 11, 2019
— Whinney ?? (@Whinney_B) March 11, 2019
Of course, not selecting Cipriani should come as no surprise to many, as after all, he has been omitted from the England team on plenty of occasions. However, it is just the fact that Jones opted to select Smith ahead of him.
While the 20-year-old Smith certainly has a very bright future with England, and will play a prominent role after the World Cup, very few would say that he is the third best fly-half in England currently. Cipriani’s display against Harlequins yesterday resoundly proved that point.
This latest selection has left many fans resigned to the fact that the mercurial Gloucester 10 will never play for England again. Cipriani’s face just doesn’t seem to fit with England after a long career that has seen some controversy, and many fans are accepting that.
This is what they are saying:
right or wrong, Jones is never picking Cipriani. We can disagree with it, some may agree with it, but it's a mute point as there will be no change to it. Same with Alex Goode, just as it was with Christian Wade. So we should all (press included) stop talking about it.
— Gareth Hopley (@GarethTheHop) March 11, 2019
Marcus is the future. Cips is brilliant no doubt but he’s not for Eddie and we must respect that. Let’s move forward
— chris wright (@lepetitgenerale) March 11, 2019
Surely time for him to head off over the water to earn some crazy € in the Top14? If he doesn't get called up now and is behind Marcus Smith he has zero chance at a World Cup spot
— Matt Pritchard (@MattLPritch) March 11, 2019
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