England World Cup winner Neil Back is convinced the uncertainty surrounding boss Stuart Lancaster’s starting XV will come back to haunt him this autumn.
The debate rages on as to whether Sam Burgess can play international rugby union at centre, but whatever happens in this weekend’s acid test against France at Twickenham, former England captain Martin Johnson insists the experiment will be well worth it.
Danny Cipriani can be the game-breaker at fly-half for England this World Cup according to former Sale Sharks team-mate and ex-Red Rose winger Mark Cueto.
The George Ford or Owen Farrell discussion is likely to dominate English rugby for many years to come but England’s current incumbent of the fly-half jersey downplayed the importance of their latest head-to-head battle in the Aviva Premiership final.
Clermont Auvergne full-back and European Champions Cup player of the year Nick Abendanon plus Toulon forward Steffon Armitage, who won the accolade last year, did not get a look in for the 50-man World Cup training squad, something Mark Cueto has little sympathy for.
Sale Sharks and England fly-half Danny Cipriani only played 39 minutes during the Six Nations, appearing off the bench in various positions against Italy, Scotland and France, but full-back Mike Brown thinks he can make an impact at the World Cup later this year.
Sale Sharks and England’s Danny Cipriani has lauded his club’s tight squad and welcoming environment after signing a two-year deal to stay with the Manchester side.
Fly-half Cipriani earned his first Six Nations squad call up since 2008 on Wednesday and could play a pivotal role in Stuart Lancaster’s side as the World Cup fast approaches.
Sale’s spirited performance was not enough to avenge the 35-3 loss suffered away at last year’s finalists Clermont in their previous fixture, but a 22-13 scoreline at the AJ Bell stadium was at least respectable.
England head coach Stuart Lancaster was at the AJ Bell stadium to watch Danny Cipriani orchestrate the performance in blustery conditions as the Sharks ran out 20-7 winners against the Premiership pacesetters.
England suffered a fifth straight defeat at the hands of world champions New Zealand on Saturday, going down 24-21 at Twickenham as once again the Red Rose fell just short against the world’s number one side.