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Ford out, Cipriani to the rescue?

21st May 2014 14:16

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Test start? Danny Cipriani

With shoulder surgery set to rule George Ford out of England's New Zealand tour, Danny Cipriani is in line for a Test start.

Reports suggest Ford will play in Friday's Challenge Cup final for club side, Bath against Northampton Saints, before undergoing surgery on the troublesome shoulder, ruling the 21-year-old fly-half out of England's tour.

With an unenviable injury list already, Stuart Lancaster will thus be left without his three first-choice pivots: Owen Farrell and Stephen Myler contest the Premiership final next weekend, and Ford had been in pole position to start his country's first Test at Eden Park before Wednesday's news.

Cipriani, five years Ford's senior, announced his return to the English game with Sale Sharks with a stellar domestic season, and a recall to the national set-up.

With his two main rivals for the number ten jersey unavailable, and Gloucester's Freddie Burns lacking form and confidence, it appears the stars have aligned for England's prodigal son.

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