Cipriani targets England recall

Date published: December 3 2014

Danny Cipriani is doing everything he can to get back into England contention ahead of the Six Nations next year.

The Sale fly-half made his Test return on the June tour to New Zealand after six years in the international wilderness, but missed out on selection for the November Tests.

Instead George Ford stepped up to become first choice by the end of the four-Test series, with Owen Farrell backing him up.

Stephen Myler was the other fly-half included in Stuart Lancaster’s squad, leaving Cipriani with a battle to get back into contention.

However the 27-year-old has been in contact with the England coaching staff and says he knows what he needs to do to improve in their eyes.

“Any English player who is not in the squad is going to say they can offer something for England,” Cipriani told Sky Sports.

“There are areas of my game that I want to keep improving so I can be that complete player for them.

“I am always going to keep working on my strengths and keep trying to highlight those because they will be my point of difference.

“They (the England coaches) are very big on each player having a point of difference, like Manu Tuilagi with his big ball-carrying physicality – that is his point of difference.

“You are disappointed not to be involved but the coaches are very good at communicating with their players and telling them what they need to improve on.

“You always kind of feel involved and are making sure you can improve in those areas where as in past regimes that might have been the case.”