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Danny Cipriani back in the England fold

Updated: Thursday, 15 May 2014 14:46 | Comments

Danny Cipriani has been recalled to the England squad
Danny Cipriani has been recalled to the England squad

Danny Cipriani has been named in England's preliminary squad for next week's training camp in London, head coach Stuart Lancaster has announced.

It is Cipriani's first international involvement since winning the last of his seven caps in 2008 and rewards a strong season at Sale Sharks, who he helped achieve a sixth-place finish in the Aviva Premiership.

Lancaster has named a 20-strong squad of players from those clubs whose season is over and will make further additions after this weekend's play-offs.

England tour New Zealand next month, playing a three-Test series against the All Blacks, while a fringe team will face the Barbarians at Twickenham on 1 June.

"The New Zealand tour and the game against the Barbarians give us a chance to look at a wide group of players," Lancaster said.

Cipriani has repaired his reputation this season with his strong performances key to Sale's progress and matched by a growing maturity off the pitch, addressing concerns over his attitude and celebrity liftestyle.

"Danny is back because of his form at Sale. He's played well. I take my decisions based on what the coaches say and what I see myself," Lancaster said.

"I spoke to Danny prior to the Six Nations, giving him areas to work on which he has done. I called him on Tuesday to invite him into the squad.

"I've coached Danny more than most because during the majority of my time as England Saxons coach he was on it. His club have done a fantastic job of making him a more rounded and mature person."

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