Wasps fly-half Danny Cipriani has been promoted to England’s 32-man elite squad for the autumn internationals to replace the injured Jonny Wilkinson. No one expected it buy Danny has made a rapid return and with a few more games deserves to be back in the squad. The other two changes are:
Flanker Michael Lipman and full-back Nick Abendanon replacing Lewis Moody and Tom Varndell.
England manager Martin Johnson said. (quote)Cipriani has performed well since he came back and, while there was strong competition from other players, I have decided to give him the chance to compete for a place in the 22 for the Pacific Islanders match on 8 November.(end quote)
Cipriani, Abendanon and Lipman were all promoted from the Saxons squad, and Johnson will decide whether to bolster the B squad after this weekend’s club matches.
England follow their game against the Pacific Islands at Twickenham with Tests against Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.
Full Elite Squad:
Forwards: Steve Borthwick (Saracens), George Chuter (Leicester), Jordan Crane (Leicester), Tom Croft (Leicester), Dylan Hartley (Northampton), James Haskell (Wasps), Nick Kennedy (London Irish), Lee Mears (Bath), Michael Lipman (Bath), Luke Narraway (Gloucester), Tom Palmer (Wasps), Tim Payne (Wasps), Tom Rees (Wasps), Simon Shaw (Wasps), Andrew Sheridan (Sale), Matt Stevens (Bath), Phil Vickery (Wasps).
Backs: Olly Barkley (Gloucester), Danny Care (Harlequins), Harry Ellis (Leicester), Toby Flood (Leicester), Riki Flutey (Wasps), Shane Geraghty (London Irish), Dan Hipkiss (Leicester), Josh Lewsey (Wasps), Jamie Noon (Newcastle), Pete Richards (London Irish), Paul Sackey (Wasps), James Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester), Mathew Tait (Sale), Nick Abendanon (Bath), Danny Cipriani (Wasps).