Steve Diamond: Danny Cipriani playing his way into England contention

Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond feels Danny Cipriani is on the cusp of an England recall

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Danny Cipriani has not featured for England for five years Photo: P Dean/Flickr

Danny Cipriani’s form means he has played himself into contention for a role with England for the 2014 Six Nations, according to Sale Sharks director of rugby Steve Diamond.

The fly-half has been one of Sale’s most consistent performers this season as the club put last season’s relegation fears well and truly behind them.

And Cipriani continued to impress on Friday night as he was influential in a 15-3 victory over London Irish – all in front of the watching England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

And while admitting that Cipriani shouldn’t be rushed into an international recall – having last donned the Red Rose jersey more than five years ago – the Sharks chief believes the England coaches should pay attention to the 26-year-old.

“There’s a lot of press about Danny at the moment,” he said. “Danny’s playing well as he’s playing for the team. What he’s done is matured.

“We don’t want to talk about playing for England just yet, just let him keep playing the game he’s playing and if the opportunity comes in the Six Nations then brilliant, if it doesn’t then there’s the summer tour.

“But if he plays like he is playing and he controls the game like he is then the England coaches will definitely have to have a look at him.

“Danny played well [against London Irish], he had a tough start in the conditions by kicking long, but the difference in Danny now to when he was playing elsewhere is that he’s consolidated his game a little bit.”

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