Sale Sharks fly-half Danny Cipriani continues to ponder on his future in Salford and has revealed that England coach Stuart Lancaster has given him a list of things to improve on if he is to win a starting place for the upcoming Six Nations tournament.
Speaking in an interview on BT Sport he explained that he would not let the England selection process decide his future.
And Cipriani revealed that Stuart Lancaster has highlighted some areas of his game to improve on in-spite of the fly-half’s sensational performance in Sale’s shock 20-7 win over Aviva Premiership leaders Northampton on Saturday.
“The coaches are very good at communicating with us and giving us areas to improve on. So I met with Stuart last Tuesday and he said there’s a lot of areas I need to work on.
“And the next two weeks are vital for that announcement. I’ve just played Northampton last weekend but we’ve still got a big game coming up this week against Clermont,” he explained.
Across the board improvement
And when asked which specific areas of his game he had been told to work on, Cipriani refrained from going into too much detail.
“I think all areas of my game I can improve. Taking the ball to the line I want to improve on, goal kicking percentages too.”
“And just in general being an all-round leader as a fly-half because it’s such an important role in the team to make sure you drive the ball and make sure you get the wins.”
Danny on sale?
As for his future with Sale, Cipriani remained equally non-committal in the wake of rumours linking him with a move to Toulon.
“The decision I’ll make is not going to be purely based on just the whole England selection. But you know, I’m thoroughly enjoying my time at Sale and it’s a decision I’ve got to make over the next few weeks.
“Some of the factors are things to do with my family; the opportunity to play in different places or to stay in a quality team I’ve enjoyed playing for. It’s a difficult decision and I’m not going to come to one yet.
“I’ve tried to let my rugby just do the talking these past couple of months because that’s the most important thing and when a decision happens hopefully it’ll just hit me.”
Sale fans can stay hopeful though. When it was joked how easy a decision it should be to trade in Salford for the charms of Saint-Tropez in the South of France, Cipriani failed to see the funny side and insisted: “I’ll tell you what, Salford’s not too bad!”
Danny Cipriani was talking on Rugby Tonight, BT Sport’s weekly rugby show airs every Monday evening on BT Sport 1 at 8pm.’