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England squad announcement: Danny Cipriani left out of autumn internationals by Eddie Jones

The Independent logo The Independent 18/10/2018

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 22:  Danny Cipriani catches the ball during the England captain's run at Newlands Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) © Catalyst CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 22: Danny Cipriani catches the ball during the England captain's run at Newlands Stadium on June 22, 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Danny Cipriani has been left out of the England squad for the autumn internationals, with his hopes of playing at next year’s Rugby World Cup now hanging by a thread.

The Gloucester fly-half has been in sparkling form this season since moving from Wasps to Kingsholm, claiming the September Premiership Player of the Month award in the process, but it has not been enough to secure him a place in the squad for next month’s matches against South Africa, New Zealand, Japan and Australia.

The 30-year-old has not been included in the last two squads now, having been left out of the training camp in Bristol in September, and his latest omission suggests he is not part of Jones’ plans for the World Cup in Japan next year.

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In Cipriani's absence, George Ford and Owen Farrell will cover fly-half, with the latter named as co-captain alongside Dylan Hartley as the hooker returns to the side after missing the summer tour of South Africa with concussion.

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Chris Ashton is also named in the side, despite not playing a single match this season for Sale Sharks after receiving a seven-week ban for a tip-tackle on Castres’ Rory Kockott in pre-season.

Jones has also named Worcester Warriors back-row Ted Hill as an apprentice, with the 19-year-old set to join up with the squad for the first time.

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Manu Tuilagi and Ben Te’o are also named as Jones looks to try and mould a new back line that sees Farrell at 10 and a power-runner outside him, but there is no space for experienced campaigners Dan Cole and James Haskell.

England are also without 16 players for the entire autumn international campaign, with the likes of Billy and Mako Vunipola, Chris Robshaw and Joe Launchbury all ruled out of the autumn campaign.

“I’m really happy with this squad,” said Jones. “We can only control what we control and injuries have happened. It gives an opportunity for some good new players to play some importance Tests for England while players who have been in the squad before will have to take on more responsibility.”

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