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Danny Cipriani returns to England squad after three-year absence

The 30-year-old made his last international appearance during the build-up to the 2015 World Cup.

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Danny Cipriani has been recalled to the England fold

Danny Cipriani has been recalled to the England fold

Danny Cipriani has been recalled to the England fold

Danny Cipriani has been rewarded for his outstanding form for Wasps by being picked in England’s squad for their summer tour to South Africa.

Cipriani made his last international appearance during the build-up to the 2015 World Cup and has since been repeatedly overlooked by Eddie Jones, who had misgivings over his attitude in a team environment.

But the 30-year-old now has a chance of being involved against the Springboks over three Tests next month, a decade after making his last international start.

Wasps-bound Hurricanes captain Brad Shields is one of seven uncapped players selected by Jones despite being midway through the Super Rugby season.

Dylan Hartley misses the tour because of concussion so Owen Farrell is named captain while Danny Care, Dan Cole, James Haskell and Richard Wigglesworth have been rested.

However, Jones has opted against resting any of his British and Irish Lions with Farrell, Maro Itoje and Mako Vunipola among those included, while Billy Vunipola is present following his recovery from a broken arm.

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Billy Vunipola returns from a broken arm

Billy Vunipola returns from a broken arm

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Billy Vunipola returns from a broken arm

“Our tour to South Africa will be the most exciting challenge for us as a group since 2016,” Jones said.

“We have an opportunity to create some history next month and win the Test series, something no England side has done before.

“There are a number of players out injured or not selected so it provides a big opportunity for others.

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Eddie Jones wants his side to be on the front foot against the Springboks

Eddie Jones wants his side to be on the front foot against the Springboks

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Eddie Jones wants his side to be on the front foot against the Springboks

“With three weeks to prepare for the first Test in Johannesburg I am expecting players to come into camp with the right mind-set.

“We will be looking for them to break the mould in terms of being more assertive and on the front foot in everything we do.

“We will need to be physically aggressive and tactically smart against the Springboks who we know will be combative and reinvigorated by their new coaching set-up.”

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Brad Shields (left) played against the British and Irish Lions for Hurricanes (David Davies/PA)

Brad Shields (left) played against the British and Irish Lions for Hurricanes (David Davies/PA)

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Brad Shields (left) played against the British and Irish Lions for Hurricanes (David Davies/PA)

Jones, who also announced that Scott Wisemantel will join up with the squad for the tour as an attack consultant, said Cipriani had earned his recall.

“I’ve picked him for the first time,” he said. “I’ve watched him closely and he’s looking good. He deserves his opportunity.

“He’s done a few things I’ve asked him to do.”

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