‘Cipriani pushing for England spot’

Date published: January 3 2016

Sale boss Steve Diamond believes Danny Cipriani has developed enough to push for an England starting spot.

Cipriani's four penalties and drop goal helped Sale to a 15-9 win against Wasps in difficult conditions on Saturday.

The fly-half was last capped by England in their World Cup warm-up match against France.

"Cipriani played really and is pushing himself into that potential England spot – you learn more playing for a club like Sale when it doesn't always go well," he said.

"You have to develop as a player and Danny's done that over the last few years, which is why he wants to stick around for the next few."

Diamond was also pleased to see Sale keep it tight and execute well with their kicking game to keep Wasps contained.

He added: "We played pretty well, close game, it wasn't going to be full of skill but we stuck to our plan, we put the ball 13 or 14 times and I think they caught it once, maybe twice. We manage to stifle their fantastic runners, they never got an opportunity to get going, we seemed to control the.

"We've lost three games away from home, two of which we should have won, we needed not to lose sight and panic and think we are a poor team.

"There's a lot of lads who've come through the academy and play for the shirt and you can see the difference when we're at home. I think we deserved the win."