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coach Eddie Jones insisted it wasn't the "end of the road" for Danny
Cipriani after the flyhalf was left out of a 37-man training squad
announced on Friday.
Jones has overseen a run of nine straight wins, a sequence that
includes a Six Nations Grand Slam and a 3-0 series win in his native
Australia, since taking charge of England following their first-round
exit at last year's World Cup on home soil.
That perfect record will be at stake when England face South Africa,
Fiji, Argentina and Australia on successive weekends at Twickenham,
starting with the Springboks on November 12.
"We've left some good players out, Tom Youngs, Kieran Brookes, Dave
Attwood, Tom Wood, Joe Simpson, Danny Cipriani, Luther Burrell," Jones
told reporters at Twickenham on Friday.
"It's not the end of the road for those guys, they've got an
understanding of what they need to do to push themselves into the squad.
"We've got a number of players injured at the moment, probably seven of our top 23 are not playing rugby at the moment.
"It's a great opportunity for us, particularly against high-quality opposition.
"To win the World Cup in 2019 we'll have to win seven games in seven
weeks. So you need great depth in your squad to do that," he added.
The 28-year-old Cipriani, now back at Wasps, is one of the most talented playmakers of his generation.
Yet a combination of injuries and disputes with several England
coaches mean the former Melbourne Rebels star has been restricted to
just 14 Tests since making his debut in 2008.
Jones has never picked Cipriani for England and has made it clear he
wants to stick with Mike Ford and Owen Farrell as his first-choice
fly-half/inside centre partnership.
Even though Farrell is now out with a back injury, Jones decided to
select the uncapped Alex Lozowski - Farrell's Saracens stand-in and the
son of former England international Rob -- in an expanded 45-man squad
rather than recall Cipriani.
"Danny knows what he's got to do," said Jones. "Look he's a talented
player but I said it quite clearly to him: at the moment he's not one or
two in England in terms of stand-offs."
The former Australia and Japan coach added: "We see George and Owen
together as one and two. They are 23 and 24 years old, they are the
heart of the England side.
"So for Cipriani to get into the squad he's got to be able to show he can be number one.
"I don't see him as a player who comes in the squad as a number three or four player.
"To me he's not that sort of player, he likes to be the main man.
“And when he plays well enough to be number one he'll be in the squad."
As for Farrell, Jones said: "He's the sort of player that can come back very quickly, he needs only a small amount of game time.
"So we're still confident he can come back for November."
Loose forward James Haskell, impressive against Australia, will miss all the upcoming four Tests with a toe injury.
Teimana Harrison is the only openside still fit from the Australia tour.
Sale No 8 Josh Beaumont, the son of 1980 England Grand Slam captain
Bill Beaumont, now the chairman of World Rugby, and fellow back-row
forwards Nathan Hughes and Mike Williams were among seven uncapped
players in the 37 for this weekend's training camp in the south coast
town of Brighton.
Jones said he wanted Chris Robshaw to stay on the blindside flank
after a frustrating World Cup where the former England captain struggled
on the openside.
"We're pretty happy with Chris at six.
"Then at seven we're looking for a destructive defensive player, not
your traditional seven player, because at the moment we don't have that
"So Sam Jones and Mike Williams also come into that category."
England 37-man training squad announced Friday for October 2-4
training camp in Brighton ahead of the end of year internationals
against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia:
Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins),Elliot Daly (Wasps)
Ollie Devoto (Exeter, injury replacement for Manu Tuilagi,
Leicester)Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath),Alex Goode
(Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (Bath), Joe Marchant (Harlequins), Jack
Nowell (Exeter), Dan Robson (Wasps), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath), Henry
Slade (Exeter) Ben Te'o (Worcester), Anthony Watson (Bath), Marland
Yarde (Harlequins) (injury replacement for Jonny May, Gloucester), Ben
Josh Beaumont (Sale), Dan Cole (Leicester), Jamie George (Saracens),
Teimana Harrison (Northampton) (injury replacement for James Haskell,
Wasps), Dylan Hartley (Northampton), James Haskell (Wasps), Paul Hill
(Northampton), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Sam Jones
(Wasps), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes
(Northampton), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Ben Morgan (Gloucester) (injury
replacement for Jack Clifford, Harlequins), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins),
Tommy Taylor (Wasps), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola
(Saracens), Mike Williams (Leicester)
Fixtures (all 16:30 SA time at Twickenham)
November 12: England v South Africa
November 19: England v Fiji
November 26: England v Argentina
December 3: England v Australia