Danny Cipriani has outlined his intentions to win over Eddie Jones and earn a spot in the England squad once again.
It appeared the door was likely closed on Cipriani’s international return after the Gloucester fly-half was omitted from two England training camps and the Autumn internationals, following his arrest during a nightclub incident on Gloucester’s pre-season tour to Jersey.
Having previously worked his way back into contention during the tour of South Africa, England head coach Jones has remained adamant that the 31-year-old’s exclusion was purely down to form and had no correlation to the incident in Jersey back in August.
Cipriani spoke on the Will Greenwood Podcast regarding his England ambitions and the setbacks off the pitch that have haunted him over the past few years.
“That’s what was frustrating for me in the summer and the incident in Jersey, something which at the time was deemed to be minor, but then ended up getting into something which was a much bigger escalation,” he said, per Sky Sports.
“Fair play to Gloucester, they dealt with it in an unbelievable manner, but it’s just not a true representation of who I am and my philosophies. That was probably the most disappointing thing, but that then gives you another challenge of going to earn the trust back and do all that, and I’ve done that as best I can so far at Gloucester.
“It’s hard to put into words, but I fully understand what he (Jones) wants me to do when I go out there. It’s that type of thing where I leave it with me and Eddie and I’ve just got to do the best I can.
“For me it wasn’t a setback because I’ve never taken any position for England for granted because obviously I’ve been in and out for so long.”
Cipriani turned down a number of lucrative offers from overseas clubs over the summer to remain in the Gallagher Premiership, in hopes of cementing a spot in Jones’s squad ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan, which gets underway in September.
The Cherry and Whites talisman has been in superb form all season for his club, and has been the driving force behind a resurgent Gloucester side that currently sit third in the Gallagher Premiership.
Cipriani added: “I’ve got no idea if what happened in Jersey played a part in my omission from England, you can only go on what Eddie said, he’s a very straight talking character, and said it was about form.
“It’s so easy to point the finger in any situation In life with whatever’s happening, like for me over the last couple of years, but the realisation I’ve come to is that it’s constantly about personal growth, understanding your moments and your responsibilities. Making sure you don’t keep repeating the same lessons.
“It’s down to you to go and implement that in the game-plan of what you’re doing and to show that desire and will of how much you want to play for your country.
“So you’ve got to ask: ‘How can you keep making that impression in the game? How can you get better?’ And there’s lots of ways I can and that’s something I’m very inspired to do over these next six months.”
Cipriani has a tough task ahead of him should he wish to supersede compatriots George Ford and Alex Lozowski who are currently Jones’ preferred options to back-up starting fly-half Owen Farrell.