Lancaster hands Cipriani another chance with England

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.

Sale Sharks' Danny Cipriani

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.

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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.