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Lancaster adamant Cipriani's recall is not a risk
ESPN Staff
May 15, 2014
Danny Cipriani is back in the Test fold © PA Photos
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Stuart Lancaster insists there is no risk attached to bringing Danny Cipriani back into the international reckoning.

Cipriani was included in a 20-man training squad that features players from those teams who no longer have domestic commitments this season. It is not clear whether Cipriani will be included for the tour to New Zealand or his England chance will only come against the Barbarians on June 1.

Whatever his involvement, the recall potentially ends his six-and-a-half year spell away from international rugby. 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 lifestyle.

"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."

Lancaster also paid tribute to Steve Black, Cipriani's mentor who also works with Jonny Wilkinson, and insisted he has no concerns over bringing the fly-half back into the international fold.

"I don't view it as a risk bringing a player into an international team. It is an opportunity and ultimately selection will be determined by how effective he is off the field in a training environment and in terms of his ability to apply his skills to our gameplan.

"If he is good enough he will get the opportunity to go to New Zealand and if we feel not quite ready then he will play hopefully play in the Barbarians game, which would be a starting point for him in his reintroduction to international rugby."

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