England rugby: English media blows up as Eddie Jones defends dropping in-form playmaker Danny Cipriani


DANNY Cipriani has been dropped from England’s 36-man squad for its training camp ahead of the November rugby union Tests, a month after being arrested following an incident at a nightclub.

England coach Eddie Jones said the decision to leave out the fly-half was based purely on form, and not on Cipriani’s conviction for assault and resisting arrest during a night out in preseason with teammates from his new English club, Gloucester.

“That’s the case, 100 per cent,” Jones said.

“We’ve decided just to have two standoffs (George Ford and Owen Farrell) in the squad for this particular camp because we want them to get a lot of training time.

“Danny’s probably third or fourth choice and he knows what he’s got to work on, which is between Danny and I.

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