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Water into wine.
Danny Cipriani is arguably one of the best players in England right now, but the Gloucester outhalf continues to be overlooked by England boss Eddie Jones despite a stellar debut campaign for the Cherry and Whites.
When Cipriani’s contract was set to expire at Wasps a couple of seasons back the talented playmaker had a big decision to make – cash in on a big-money move or stay in the Premiership and fight for a spot in England’s World Cup squad.
The 31-year-old chose the latter and pretty much couldn’t have done any more to earn a spot in England’s Rugby World Cup squad, but alas, it simply wasn’t to be. Cipriani reckons he never really had a chance and would have had to “turn water into wine” to impress Jones, who clearly just cannot warm to him.
“Going into a big competition I would’ve had to turn water into wine to really sway him,” said Cipriani.
But did he get a “fair crack of the whip” in terms of selection? Most people will tell you, no he didn’t, but Cipriani holds no grudges and understands Jones’ decision to leave him out.
“What is a fair crack of the whip? I can’t go in there demanding any time.” Cipriani added
“Eddie is in a high-pressure situation being England coach and he has done a great job.
“He has put his faith in George Ford and Owen Farrell and they have done well for him.
“I can completely understand why he made his decision. Do I think it was the right decision? I don’t know. I am going to support England and hope they do great.”