Sale Sharks Danny Cipriani had an impressive outing yesterday gaining a personal haul of 33 points against a talented barbarians side at twickenham yesterday.
With the Aviva Premiership final being hosted at the same venue the previous day, the England team was full of fresh faces and experienced heads. With impressive displays from centre Henry Slade, Exeter team mate Luke Cowan-Dickie, Christian Wade and Joe Launchbury all weeks before the start the World Cup this puts England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster under more pressure for selection purposes, Cipriani kicking all 10 goals and scoring two tries looked impressive and cut the Barbarians apart with his out of hand kicking and precision passing, Cipriani over the years has been in the media for the wrong reason at times but he seems to have settled down for the time being, Cipriani included in Lancaster’s runners up six nations squad has come into some form at the moment and this couldn’t have come at a better time, with Owen Farrell out classing George Ford in the Final on Saturday some shocks could be made when the squad is cut down later on in summer. With Northampton Hooker Dylan Hartley being dropped from the squad last week for his headbutt on Saracens Jamie George, Cowan-Dickie will be in close contention after his impressive performance yesterday, with his strong scrummaging and tireless work in the loose Cowan-Dickie seemed to impress in this England Side fellow team mate Henry Slade will also be turning some heads after his display on Sunday, Slade who can also fill in at 10 surprised a lot to be starting in the centre but shows his age doesn’t discourage his skill and effort, Slade competing against the likes of all black legend Joe Rokocoko showed that the occasion wouldn’t be a problem with the World Cup coming up. All in all the England side played a exciting and structured brand of rugby against the barbarians who earlier on Thursday beat a near strength Ireland side only missing players whom competed in finals over the weekend. To follow from this the England Squad will be going to a training camp soon with friendlies coming at the end of this camp. With the depth and talent England now have their is no reason why they can’t be in contention for home world cup win.
England’s Danny Cipriani scores his second try during the International match at Twickenham, London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 31, 2015. See PA Story RUGBYU England. Photo credit should read: David Davies/PA Wire.