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Danny Cipriani exclusive: Fly-half excited about New Zealand tour

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Danny Cipriani - speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport - has expressed his delight and excitement over his return to the England international set-up for the forthcoming tour to New Zealand.

Cipriani has been in stellar form at domestic level for Sale Sharks this season and was suitably rewarded for his eye-catching performances by being named in Stuart Lancaster's initial 31-man squad on Monday.

"On my way to the airport – very excited about getting to New Zealand and being on tour," Cipriani said.

"Great to be back in the setup and a real chance for me to develop as a player over the next month. Thanks for all the messages of support from my fans.”

Cipriani's last performance for England came in 2008 and he will be competing alongside the likes of Freddie Burns, Owen Farrell and Stephen Myler for a starting berth against the All Blacks.

The latter duo are actually set to miss the opening game due to the timing of the Aviva Premiership final, meaning Cipriani is likely to vie with Leicester-bound Burns and perhaps even Billy Twelvetrees for the prestigious 10 shirt.

The first test between England and New Zealand takes place at Eden Park on June 7, with the next clash scheduled for a week later in Dunedin.

The tour moves on to Christchurch on June 17, with the last match at the Waikato Stadium four days later.

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