• Danny Cipriani is still hopeful of making England’s World Cup squad
  • Cipriani played half an hour of last weekend’s 19-14 win over France at Twickenham, but failed to impress during his cameo
  • The 27-year-old wants another chance to prove his worth to head coach Stuart Lancaster in this weekend’s rematch in Paris 

Press Association

Danny Cipriani is desperate for another chance to prove he should be taken to the World Cup when England meet France in Paris on Saturday.

Cipriani played half an hour of last weekend’s 19-14 victory over Les Bleus at Twickenham after coming on as a second-half replacement for Alex Goode, but was barely involved as the Red Rose came under pressure.

Goode’s intelligent performance has reduced Cipriani’s hopes of making the World Cup squad and England are likely to opt for the Saracen as specialist full-back cover for Mike Brown.

Danny Cipriani is desperate for another chance to audition for a place in England's World Cup squad 

Danny Cipriani is desperate for another chance to audition for a place in England’s World Cup squad 

Alex Goode's impressive performance against France last weekend will provide Cipriani with competition

Alex Goode’s impressive performance against France last weekend will provide Cipriani with competition

Head coach Stuart Lancaster names his side for the Stade de France showdown on Tuesday afternoon and Cipriani knows it will be the last opportunity to impress before the final 31-man party is announced by the August 31 deadline.

‘I do hope for another chance. After training for eight weeks during the summer we all had a game to look forward to against France,’ Cipriani said.

‘That was the focus so it’s frustrating not to have as much involvement as you’d like, but that is the game of rugby.

‘Of course I’d have wanted to do more, but I didn’t get a chance to get the ball. You have to do you team role, you can’t just go searching for it and be selfish. You have to do what is appropriate.

‘I won’t be asking the coaches for a start, it’ll be more about finding out: what more can I do?

Cipriani played half an hour last weekend, but failed to make his mark on the game during his cameo

Cipriani played half an hour last weekend, but failed to make his mark on the game during his cameo

‘They put great importance on training. I have to make sure I put my hand up every day. On Saturday the ball just didn’t fall for me, I had one touch and that was all.’

Fly-half George Ford is set to start the second of two World Cup warm-up matches against France with Brown likely to line up at full-back, meaning the best Cipriani can hope for is a bench spot. 

Bath fly-half George forward is set to start against France once more in the rematch this Saturday in Paris

Bath fly-half George forward is set to start against France once more in the rematch this Saturday in Paris

 

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