Eddie Jones gives Danny Cipriani England hope amid court case: ‘He doesn’t drive a car on the field’

  • Danny Cipriani’s ongoing drink-drive court case won’t affect his England hopes
  • Head coach Eddie Jones has said that the number 10 needs to do his talking on the pitch
Danny Cipriani has been told by Eddie Jones that the outcome of his drink-drive court case will not affect his selection for England’s summer tour to Australia.

The England coach believes the hearing, which is expected to conclude finally next week, is irrelevant to whether Cipriani should represent his country

“He doesn’t drive a car on the field. It is what he does on the field which counts – although today he might have needed a car at stages,” said Jones.

“He has been OK this season. He has been good enough to get in the squad here. He has done a good job at Sale but he has got to understand that at 28 he has got to evolve into a different sort of player and that is the process he is going through now.

“Whether he can make himself into a worthwhile international player is his challenge.”

Cipriani will be moving to Wasps next season where he could be joined by superstars Steffon Armitage and Willie le Roux.

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