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England’s baffling decision to omit Danny Cipriani risks alienating fans | Robert Kitson


He delivered that lovely grubber kick against South Africa and has been key to Gloucester’s unbeaten start but somehow the fly-half still does not float Eddie Jones’ boat

Increasingly Danny Cipriani looks fated to be a quiz answer for years to come. Name the most gifted English sportsman of his generation who never played in a major tournament? Not since English football regularly chose to ignore Matt Le Tissier in the 1990s has there been a more baffling selectorial omission.

Le Tissier won only eight caps while the more prosaic Carlton Palmer won 18. Cipriani has started only five Tests in the past decade and has never featured at a World Cup. Talent writes its own cheques (even in these contactless days) but it still requires a coach to endorse them.

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The battle for No 10 With Danny Cipriani back out in the cold, for now at least, the door is open for George Ford to regain the starting No 10 jersey he relinquished in South Africa. Jones, though, still has the option of shifting Owen Farrell over from 12.

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