Sale stability vital for Cipriani

Date published: October 1 2014

Danny Cipriani believes he has benefited greatly from his time with Sale as he looks to establish himself in the England set-up.

After spells with Wasps and the Melbourne Rebels, Cipriani joined the Sharks in 2012 and has managed to force his way back into Stuart Lancaster’s plans after stringing together some good performances for his club.

The 26-year-old made a first Test appearance in six years on the June tour to New Zealand and he believes that it’s the consistency he’s gained at Sale that has been the key to his international return.

“Stuart said a couple of years ago I need more consistency but consistency depends on the sort of team you are in,” he said.

“At Wasps I was on the front foot every week and consistency was us winning, going forward and doing well.

“I had to learn in different situations and I probably hadn’t been around the block long enough to see different situations and to be able to play different sorts of territories – back foot, front foot or whatever it may be.

“Over the first season that’s what I learnt a lot at Sale and it is going to help me to get that consistency, whether we are winning or losing – to make sure I can drive the team in the best way that I can because that is all I can do and that is what my job is going to be this weekend.”