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Danny Cipriani in doubt for New Zealand tour after leg inj



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Flyhalf Danny Cipriani is set to miss England’s two-test tour of New Zealand after he seriously injured his leg on Sunday.

Cipriani was hurt playing in Wasps’ Premiership semifinal playoff against Bath after being tackled by Olly Barkley and ended up at the bottom of a ruck in the 49th minute.

He was given oxygen on the pitch by medical staff before being taken off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital. Wasps won 21-10.

Wasps teammate Lawrence Dallaglio said he believed the injury could be a dislocated ankle.

“It’s a nasty injury and no one likes to see it,” Dallaglio said.

“Danny’s got a bright future and we wish him all the best.”


With Jonny Wilkinson missing from the tour to recover from shoulder surgery, England’s only other recognized flyhalf is Charlie Hodgson, although Barkley played at flyhalf during the World Cup.

England’s tests on June 14 in Auckland and June 21 in Christchurch could have cemented Cipriani’s place in the team.

Cipriani was dropped from his first England start, where he was to play fullback, for a Six Nations match against Scotland in March because he was photographed leaving a nightclub in the early hours.

England lost 15-9 and a recalled Cipriani was the standout in the subsequent 33-10 win over Ireland.

Sapa-AP – Rugbyweek.com

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