The Danny Cipriani Saga!
Who would of thought after young Danny Cipriani's full debut for England against Ireland in 2008, that he would now technically be England's fifth choice fly half.
The 2009 season at its end, it is time for the summer tours, aswell as one very important Lions tour. I'm sure after his full debut, successfully helping England glide to a win against the Irish many people would of expected this talent to progress to the level of a possible Lions fly half.
Fair enough, he's young, scarred with injury and an unexpected target of many charge-downs but Danny Cipriani now lies in the Saxons squad for this summers tour, leaving him fifth choice fly half behind Toby Flood, Johnny Wilkinson, Andy Goode and uncapped Sam Vesty. An unfair situation to be in don't you think.
Even taking his current form into consideration and the fact that Toby Flood is injured, alike is Wilkinson and Sam Vesty isn't actually a Fly half you would still say Cipriani is your number one fly half (with the possible exception of the highly under-rated Stephen Myler).
It seems to me as though Martin Johnson has some sort of grudge against Cipriani.
When I think deeper into the situation I can't help but think that if Danny wasn't currently romantically involved with a "celebrity" he wouldn't be in this situation.
Maybe Johnson doesn't like the idea of Rugby heightened to the level of your everyday celebrity doing what they can to get on the front of "Hello", and making sure their current relationship status is the average demographics business.
Is it acceptable though for Johnson to neglect a talent such as Cipriani on the basis that, he is making headlines due to his relationship with Kelly Brook rather than his form with Wasps.
I would of said if Johnson was really to try and blood some new young players into the England squad, and give people like Cipriani another go to get their rightful place back this tour to Argentina is the perfect time.
As with every bodies minds on the Lions tour, and taking into account that England have players missing and Injured I don't think the result of this tour matters as much as trying to establish a young squad capable of building towards the next world cup.
I just hope that Cipriani can show everyone that he really is England's best 10 with his performances in the Saxons, and then we'll see what Johnson is really going to do with him.
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