Don't Recall Flaky Cipriani If Flood's out, Says Guscott

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Don't Recall Flaky Cipriani If Flood's out, Says Guscott


Byline: SAM PETERS

JEREMY GUSCOTT has warned against England recalling "flaky" Danny Cipriani for Saturday's Calcutta Cup clash with Scotland.

Martin Johnson is waiting on the results of a scan on Toby Flood's injured shoulder after the Leicester No10 was forced off just before half-time in yesterday's emphatic 34-10 win over France.

Flood suffered a partial dislocation of his right shoulder and faces a race against time to be fit for England's final Six Nations game of the season.

Andy Goode failed to impose himself as a second-half replacement at Twickenham, meaning the door is again open for Cipriani to resume his stuttering international career.

But Guscott does not think the London Wasps player is ready for England, insisting he has not fully recovered from the ankle dislocation he suffered last May and questioned his defensive capabilities.

"I think Martin Johnson needs someone sensible and solid at 10," said the former England centre.

"There will be a huge debate as to whether Danny Cipriani should come back in but I think he's a bit flaky at the moment. I don't think he is the player he was 12 months ago and he can't tackle either. …

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