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Cipriani Brushes Off England Worries

Cipriani Brushes Off England Worries

Gloucester’s Danny Cipriani says his only concern is playing well for his club and not whether he gets back in the England squad. The controversial fly-half looked as though he had finally re-established himself on the international scene when making his first start in a decade for England in the last Test of their summer tour of South Africa.

However, the 31-year-old was subsequently left out of Eddie Jones’ squad for the autumn internationals, with the Australian coach citing his form for Gloucester as the main reason for being omitted.

Cipriani missing out on the England squad did follow yet another off-field issue though, with the former Sale back pleading guilty to assault following an incident in a Jersey nightclub during pre-season.

Cipriani is keen to keep the focus on matters on the field now as he seeks to help Gloucester build on their strong start to the season, as the Cherry and Whites sit third in the Premiership standings after nine games.

They also have a chance to qualify for the Champions Cup quarter-finals with a win over Exeter Chiefs on Friday, and Cipriani says that is keeping his attention, rather than worrying about England. “You have got to accept it (the England situation). That has been the same story for six years.

And it hasn’t got to me in the sense of sitting at home worrying about it,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “It is not about me thinking that if I do this and win ‘Player of the Month’, or whatever, as that all becomes a bit self-obsessed. “I am not doing this for self purposes.

It is about looking for growth and being the best I can be for Gloucester. “If nothing else comes of it, it won’t be for lack of trying. But it is about the team, that if we can challenge for top two (in the Premiership) and get out of our Champions Cup group, that will mean a lot more to me than this self feeling I would get playing for England.”

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