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Eddie Jones warns Danny Cipriani must show his class to reclaim his England place

By Duncan Bech

Published 18/02/2016

Big hopes: Danny Cipriani wants to resurrect his England career
Big hopes: Danny Cipriani wants to resurrect his England career

Eddie Jones has ordered Danny Cipriani to let his rugby do the talking if he wants to reclaim his England place amid a warning to all players that Test rugby is not a "kindergarten class".

Cipriani has rejected an approach from Toulon in favour of joining Wasps next season in the hope of adding to his 14 caps, knowing that RFU policy prevents players based overseas from being picked by England.

The 28-year-old Sale fly-half has a newspaper column in which he has offered his views on England's RBS 6 Nations matches against Scotland and Italy, but Jones wants to see him prove himself on the pitch.

"Danny needs to play well, there's no use talking to the press about it. You've got to play well, play like a Test player, dominate club rugby and show all the skills of a Test player," the head coach said.

"You can't talk to the media about being a Test player, you've got to prove it. He's not good enough at the moment.

"We have two outstanding 10s in Owen Farrell and George Ford. To beat those two, Danny has a long way to go, but he's a capable player. It's a matter of how hard he wants to work.

"This isn't a kindergarten class. If you want to play Test rugby you have to work hard yourself. We'll give them all the guidance they need, but they've got to do it," Jones added.

England are spending the week in Kensington rather than their usual Surrey base in order to give players a change of scenery ahead of their clash with Ireland next week, but Jones was emphatic in his response when asked if the move was also to keep the players interested.

"They have to keep me interested. I don't have to keep them interested. Why should I keep them interested? They want to play for England. They should keep me interested," he said.

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