Planet Rugby



June target for Cipriani - Lancaster

10th January 2014 08:45


Danny Cipriani watching a scrum

Good chat: Danny Cipriani

England coach Stuart Lancaster has given hope to fly-half Danny Cipriani, saying the Sale Shark should look to make the June tour to New Zealand.

The 26-year-old, who has played well for Sale thus far this season, was not selected in any of Lancaster's EPS squads revealed on Thursday.

But the door is definitely not shut on the player according to Lancaster, who said he called Cipriani personally to inform him of the squad.

"There's certainly no issue with him as a person," he told BBC Sport.

"I've said to him his goal has to be the summer tour of New Zealand."

Lancaster, who selected Owen Farrell, George Ford, Stephen Myler and Henry Slade, went on to say that he has been impressed by Cipriani's consistency as the fly-half looks to return to the Test fold for the first time since November 2008.

"I had a long conversation with him on Wednesday, a good chat. I have watched all his games," Lancaster added.

"He's been a lot more consistent this season but I want to leave him at Sale to keep making progress, which he accepted and he said he felt it was the right thing to do.

"There are some areas where he's got some ground to make up as we move towards the World Cup. He's beginning to make up that ground, though, which is good."

  • Sale Sharks Fixtures
Forthcoming Fixtures
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , May 3
Sale vs Leicester15:15
Saturday , May 10
London Irish vs Sale15:15
More Aviva Premiership fixtures
  • Sale Sharks Results
Recent Results
All times are local
Aviva Premiership
Saturday , April 19
Exeter 12 - 55 SaleExeter vs Sale Report
Friday , April 11
Sale Sharks 12 - 27 HarlequinsSale Sharks vs Harlequins Report
More Aviva Premiership results
Amlin Challenge Cup
Thursday , April 3
Sale Sharks 14 - 28 Northampton
More Amlin Challenge Cup results
Aviva Premiership
Friday , March 28
Bath 11 - 12 Sale Sharks
Saturday , March 22
Sale Sharks 19 - 6 Northampton
More Aviva Premiership results
  • Table
Aviva Premiership Table
4Leicester Tigers2064
6Sale Sharks2056
7London Wasps2044