Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cipriani in World Cup Frame after Impressing for England; ENGLAND 45 BARBARIANS 12

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Cipriani in World Cup Frame after Impressing for England; ENGLAND 45 BARBARIANS 12

Article excerpt

Byline: Duncan Bech

STUART Lancaster noted Danny Cipriani's transformation into a big-game player after watching the Sale fly-half orchestrate England's 73-12 demolition of the Barbarians.

Cipriani plundered two tries, completed all 10 conversions and kicked a penalty to finish with a 33-point haul in a flawless afternoon which improved his chances of making the final World Cup squad.

The 27-year-old finished the noncap international at Twickenham at full-back and produced a classy finish to score the final try of the match. Head coach Lancaster said: "Danny was good and is a good enough player to apply the shape and organisation we're trying to create in attack.

"To kick 11 out of 11 is excellent. He has learned a lot about discipline from Sale this year so he has been a lot more controlled and composed in games.

"He understands the mechanics of what it takes to win big games because I've seen him do it for Sale, so he has definitely improved through the course of the season.

"He played a lot at full-back four or five years ago and that versatility is something we would consider further down the line as we head towards naming our World Cup squad but it is a pretty competitive position fly-half, as is full-back."

Lancaster also paid a glowing tribute to Northampton-bound prop Kieran Brookes, who excelled as England ran in 10 tries against feeble opposition.

The tight-head now faces a gruelling summer of conditioning work to shape him into a player capable of edging either Dan Cole or David Wilson for a spot in the final 31-man World Cup squad.

Lancaster added: "Kieran was the standout forward for me. He's just going to get better and better.

"We'll be working hard on getting him in the right condition because I thought his ability to play there for 60 minutes in that intensity and at that speed was excellent.

"He was definitely a contributor in two of the tries in the first half and he's a phenomenal scrummager. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.