Cipriani in Gatland’s Lions thoughts

Date published: December 8 2016

British and Irish Lions head coach Warren Gatland has admitted that Wasps fly-half Danny Cipriani will be considered ahead of the tour to New Zealand.

Cipriani was last capped by England in the warm-up matches ahead of the Rugby World Cup last year, after good form for his then club Sale Sharks.

He ultimately was not selected by Stuart Lancaster for the tournament but has continued to impress since re-joining his former club Wasps for the current season.

Gatland worked with Cipriani when he was head coach at Wasps before linking up with Wales and the New Zealander admitted that he had spoken to his former player, adding that while he might be a controversial figure in some quarters, Cipriani has a lot to offer.

“I’ve spoken to Cipriani,” Gatland told reporters.

“I coached him as a kid. He’s not everyone’s flavour of the month but he has some talent and ability and I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t discuss him.

“There are players outside international squads we have mentioned. Maybe their personality is not right or the countries are looking towards 2019 (World Cup).

“But the Lions is different. We have not ruled out anyone.”

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