Eddie Jones Sends Danny Cipriani A Warning After Naming Him In England Squad For First Time
Head coach Eddie Jones this morning selected Danny Cipriani in one of his England squads for the very first time. Cipriani last played for England in 2015, and hasn’t started a game for his country in almost ten years.
The talented outhalf has been in incredible form this season, making most people’s team of the season after a stellar campaign with Wasps. His form has proved too difficult to ignore, with the 30-year-old now set to get a chance to once again prove his worth on the international stage.
But Jones has made things very clear for Cipriani, who has caused plenty of controversy with his celebrity-like antics off the pitch over the years.
“He’ll only be a celebrity if he plays well.” Jones told Sky Sports.
“That’s the bottom line. If he’s on the front page for any other reasons he won’t be with us. That’s pretty simple. A pretty simple equation.”
“He fits in the squad, he works hard, he becomes the best player he can be, helps us win – then he can be on the front page. But for any other reason then… it’s a no go.
Cipriani is also out of contract with Wasps at the end of the season, with his future still undecided. He’s been linked with moves to Japan and France, but Jones has made it quite clear – sign for a Premiership team, or forget about ever playing for England again.
“It’s a simple decision for him isn’t it?” Jones added.
“If he wants to play for England he stays here – if he doesn’t, he buys himself some chopsticks and eats sushi.”
“If he wants to do that he doesn’t play for England.