Rugby World Cup 2019: Danny Cipriani breaks public silence after England squad omission

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Danny Ciprianihasspoken publicly for the first time since being axed from England’s Rugby World Cup squad, with the fly-half admitting that he “can’t be disappointed”.

The Gloucester No 10 was included in England’s first two training camps, but cut from the squad before last month’s warm-weather trip to Treviso, ending his hopes of making the 31-man party that will fly to Japan on 8 September.

The 31-year-old has been in direct competition with Owen Farrell and George Ford since Eddie Jones took charge of the national team, but the Australian has not taken Cipriani’s attacking-based game after regularly leaving him out of his squads. Jones has again decided to do just that for the World Cup, with only two natural fly-halves named in the squad in the form of Farrell and Ford and both Piers Francis and Henry Slade earmarked as emergency cover.

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The omission ends Cipriani’s dream of featuring at a Rugby World Cup, having been overlooked by Martin Johnson in 2011 and cut at the final hurdle by Stuart Lancaster four years ago.

I would have loved to be involved in England’s Rugby World Cup squad. It has been a seven-year goal with different challenges along the way,Cipriani wrote in his column forThe Telegraph.

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