Danny Cipriani has been named in England’s preliminary squad for next week’s training camp in south-west London, head coach Stuart Lancaster has announced.
It is Cipriani’s first Red Rose involvement since winning the last of his seven caps in 2008 and rewards a strong season at Sale Sharks, who he helped achieve a sixth-place finish in the Aviva Premiership.
Lancaster has named a 20-strong squad of players from those clubs whose season is over and will make further additions after this weekend’s play-offs.
England tour New Zealand next month, playing a three-Test series against the All Blacks, while a fringe team will face the Barbarians at Twickenham on June 1.
“The New Zealand tour and the game against the Barbarians give us a chance to look at a wide group of players,” Lancaster said.