England legend and Sky Sports pundit Will Greenwood has been discussing Danny Cipriani’s latest omission on Talk Sport this morning.
Head coach Eddie Jones will name his final squad of 31 on August 12.
The 31-year-old’s hopes of convincing Jones to take three fly-halves or leapfrogging George Ford in the pecking order behind Owen Farrell appear slim barring injuries to others.
Danny Cipriani a surprise omission from England’s 38-man squad for pre-Rugby World Cup camp in Italyhttps://t.co/WsYvTCEzGR— Telegraph Rugby (@TelegraphRugby) July 22, 2019
And Greenwood thinks that must be down to his personality rather than his ability.
“I think it has to be that. It’s not just last season he played well but the season before when he led Wasps to the Premiership final,” said World Cup-winner Greenwood,
“Anybody who watches the game obviously can see he’s a great player, so that’s the only way you can explain it.”
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He added: “It’s not a shock. The writing has been on the wall since October last year,
“He was playing as well he could around then and still couldn’t make the Autumn Internationals squad.
“He then came in and put in a magical kick for Jonny May’s winning try against South Africa but still didn’t make the Six Nations squad.
“It’s always felt like Danny is a stopgap when Owen Farrell isn’t available. It looks like the only way he’ll play is if one of Eddie’s chosen boys (George Ford and Owen Farrell) get injured.”