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Danny Cipriani dealt new England blow as he misses Twickenham clash with Wales

Published 22/05/2016

Danny Cipriani has missed out on England selection
Danny Cipriani has missed out on England selection

Danny Cipriani's England career continues to flounder after he was omitted from the 26-man squad picked to prepare for next Sunday's Test against Wales.

Cipriani will not even win a place on the bench for the pre-Australia tour showdown at Twickenham, with George Ford set to start at fly-half and Ollie Devoto present to supply cover.

The Wasps-bound 28-year-old had the chance to impress head coach Eddie Jones during last week's three-day training camp in Brighton, but has failed to force his way back into the Test thinking.

"It's never the end. The door is always open. He came down to Brighton and put his best foot forward," Jones said.

"He's got some work to do on his game if he's going to dislodge the other two boys."

Cipriani was omitted from last autumn's World Cup squad and won the last of his 14 caps in the build-up to the tournament.

England's squad for the one-off match against Wales has been strengthened by the presence of players from Leicester and Wasps, who were Saturday's beaten Aviva Premiership semi-finalists. Those from Saracens and Exeter, who will contest the Premiership final on Saturday, are unavailable to Jones.

England senior 26-man squad for Old Mutual Wealth Cup against Wales:

Forwards (15): D Attwood (Bath), D Cole (Leicester), J Clifford (Harlequins), E Genge (Leicester), D Hartley (Northampton), T Harrison (Northampton), J Haskell (Wasps), P Hill (Northampton), M Kvesic (Gloucester), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Lawes (Northampton), M Mullan (Wasps), C Robshaw (Harlequins), K Sinckler (Harlequins), T Taylor (Wasps).

Backs (11): M Brown (Harlequins), L Burrell (Northampton), D Care (Harlequins), E Daly (Wasps), O Devoto (Bath), G Ford (Bath), J Joseph (Bath), M Tuilagi (Leicester), A Watson (Bath), M Yarde (Harlequins), B Youngs (Leicester).

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