England’s Lancaster: Cipriani’s chance of recall hinges on Sale form

Stuart Lancaster says fly-half Danny Cipriani's hopes of an England recall are dependent on his form for Sale Sharks

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Stuart Lancaster led England to four victories in their Six Nations campaign Photo: TSR

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Stuart Lancaster has revealed Danny Cipriani’s chances of breaking backing into the England set-up hinge on his form for Sale Sharks.

The 24-year-old has impressed for his club side in recent weeks, coming on as a second-half replacement and scoring a crucial try to help Sale to a 34-33 win over Cardiff Blues in the Heineken Cup.

Cipriani has not represented the Red Rose since a 32-6 defeat by New Zealand in 2008, but England head coach Lancaster has offered the fly-half hope of a possible recall.

“His challenge is to start and play well for Sale. If he does that on a consistent basis he’ll be considered like everyone else,” Lancaster told BBC Sport.

“I’m lucky, I coached Danny a lot before he went to Australia and he worked with me in the Saxons. When I spoke to him out in Australia he said the priority is to come back and play well in the Premiership.

“It was great that he came on and made a difference [on Sunday] and great for Sale to get that win.”

Meanwhile, Lancaster’s forwards coach Graham Rowntree insisted Nick Easter, 34, is still in contention for a place in the England squad for the autumn internationals.

“He’s playing well and we’re well aware of his form but since this crew came together we’ve looked at younger players and we’re quite happy with their development because we’ve got to look to the next World Cup,” Rowntree told Five Live.

“The door’s not closed for Nick and we’ve met him and told him that. The guys we’ve got there, we’re very happy with.”

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