Lancaster sings Cipriani’s praises

Date published: June 1 2015

England boss Stuart Lancaster hailed Danny Cipriani's performance after the fly-half guided his side to a 73-12 victory over the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday.

Cipriani walked off with the Man-of-the-match award after a 33-point haul in which he kicked a penalty and converted all 10 of England's tries, two of which he scored himself.

The Sale pivot impressed throughout, finishing the match at full-back – which will enhance his chances of making England's World Cup squad – and Lancaster couldn't hide his delight at the 27-year-old's overall effort.

“Danny was good and is a good enough player to apply the shape and organisation we're trying to create in attack," he said.

"To kick 11 out of 11 is excellent. He has learned a lot about discipline from Sale this year, so he has been a lot more controlled and composed in games.

"He understands the mechanics of what it takes to win big games because I've seen him do it for Sale, so he has definitely improved through the course of the season.

"He played a lot at full-back four or five years ago and that versatility is certainly something we would consider further down the line as we get towards naming our World Cup squad, but fly-half is a pretty competitive position, as is full-back."