England Rugby: Danny Cipriani out, Hipkiss in?

Sean KellyAnalyst IMay 23, 2008

As the tour to New Zealand draws closer, England find themselves in some what of a ditch.

The new ruler of the 10 shirt, Danny Cipriani suffered a horrible injury, leaving questions over who should replace him in the tour.

A sensible answer to such a dilemma would be to pick a regular Fly Half, rather than finding someone who can play the position if needed, such as Inside Centres like Olly Barkley.

However, it seems as though Martin Johnson has chose to opt for a centre to replace Cipriani, meaning a likely move for Barkley or Flood to the highly pressuring Outside Half spot.

A man surely feeling hard done by must be the up-and-coming Ryan Lamb.

A consistent performer for the Cherry and Whites over the past season, Lamb has somehow been overlooked for Martin Johnson's plans for his new side, including five Un-capped players.

Lamb, who has looked so promising, hasn't even been selected for the match against the barbarians, in which many newcomers are looking to be introduced as players from the Premiership final, are not allowed to play.

With Hodgson being the only regularly performing Fly half in the squad, it is likely he may add more caps to the shaky performances he has already gifted England with.

However to beat the All Blacks on their own turf, its going to take a lot more than a Good club level fly half to steer England to glory.