Danny Cipriani's lingering England hopes rest on summer tour
ESPN Staff
March 28, 2014
Sale Sharks' Danny Cipriani goes for the cross kick, Sale Sharks v London Irish, Aviva Premiership, AJ Bell Stadium, December 20, 2013
Danny Cipriani - out in the international cold for more than six years © Getty Images

Danny Cipriani should go with England to New Zealand on the summer tour according to Steve Diamond, the Sale director of rugby.

Cipriani, 26, has not played for England since 2008 and has slipped down the pecking order as emerging talent such as George Ford has been drafted into the squad. But Diamond said he was playing as well as ever and deserved another chance.

"I don't see any reason not to take Danny if he carries on playing for us in the manner he has been," Diamond said. "He has become a real team man, bought in to that ethos, and added his own individual flourishes. The celebrity stuff has died down here in Manchester. He has managed to compartmentalise things in a much better way.

"Danny has matured. His defence, too, has got better, as it needed to. Taking him to New Zealand will either lift the lid on any World Cup hopes or be the final nail in that coffin."

Diamond also said that the club planned to offer Cipriani a new contract when his current one, which finishes at the end of next season, expires.

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