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Danny Cipriani exclusive: England recall delights Sale fly half

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Danny Cipriani, speaking exclusively to GiveMeSport, has been recalled to the England squad, after a six-year absence, ahead of England's tour of New Zealand.

After an impressive season at Sale Sharks, the 26-year-old has been named in the 20-man training squad, and will now have just 10 days to earn a spot on the tour to New Zealand, with the final touring squad due to be announced at 12pm on May 26.

"It has been a very enjoyable season and my selection tops it off," he said. "I am very excited to learn from new coaches, play with new players and I now have the opportunity to represent my country again, I am absolutely buzzing!".

The fly half has not played for England since 2008, when he won his seventh cap against the All Blacks at Twickenham.

After losing his place in the national side, Cipriani left Wasps to join the Melbourne Rebels in 2010, with view of improving his game and eventually retuning to the international fold. After two years with the Super Rugby outfit, Cipriani secured an early release from his contract and joined up with Sale.

Since his return, the fly half has consistently orchestrated his Sale back line with plenty of control, confidence and creativity and England head coach Stuart Lancaster has now rewarded him with an opportunity to win a belated eighth cap.

Lancaster has also included 10 uncapped players in the preliminary squad, which consists of players from the six Aviva Premierships sides, whose seasons have finished.

The squad will be completed when the players from Bath, Saracens, Northampton, Leicester, Wasps and Harlequins are released for international duties, following the conclusion of their seasons.

The players that have been named in the training squad, who are not selected for the Southern Hemisphere tour, are likely to feature in the match against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday June 1. The squad for the Barbarians game will also be announced on May 26.

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