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Lancaster warning for Cipriani

England's interim coach Stuart Lancaster has warned Danny Cipriani his attitude will have to be right if he wants to break back into the national team.

Cipriani will join Sale Sharks on a three-year deal in the summer with the stated intention of reclaiming the England fly-half jersey for the 2015 World Cup.

"It's great he's come back to England, he has put his front foot forwards," Lancaster said. "He will come back and have to do what every other player will have to do and that is play well for his club, try and get himself into the Saxons and then into the senior squad. If he does do that then it is about buying into the culture."

The 24-year-old won the last of his seven caps in the autumn of 2008 before falling out of favour with Martin Johnson's England regime.

Cipriani did not endear himself to Lancaster after being dropped to the second-string Saxons squad and he has been in disciplinary trouble for off-field incidents during his stint with the Melbourne Rebels.

Lancaster has a list of around nine England fly-half candidates for the 2015 World Cup, including Owen Farrell and George Ford, and he would have no qualms about casting Cipriani aside.

Lancaster added: "If people don't buy into it - it doesn't matter whether it's Danny or anyone else - there are plenty of players on the list."


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