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Cipriani fears for Johnson’s England axe


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Danny Cipriani has admitted that being dropped tomorrow from England’s Elite squad may well be the making of his season.

The Wasps fly-half was dropped to the bench by Martin Johnson straight after England suffered their worst ever loss to South Africa at Twickenham in November last year.

Since being dropped Cipriani has been making headlines almost constantly thanks to contract talks and his habit of having clearance kicks charged down.

This weekend Wasps face a do or die Heineken Cup clash against Leinster and the 21-year-old insists he is fully enjoying his rugby again.

Cipriani says that the turning point came when when he was benched by Martin Johnson for England’s final match which was against the All Blacks.

“There was a point when everything was eased off my shoulders and it was probably when I was on the bench against New Zealand.” Cipriani said:

“I could just sit back and relax and feel happy about it.

“From then on I have just been gradually feeling it again and having that buzz. Gradually I am getting back to the form that I had and I will be better.”

“It’s not if, it’s when. It is going to happen soon. I am feeling a lot better about myself.”

It is thought that Cipriani is close to ending speculation over his future with Wasps by signing a one-year contract extension with Wasps.

He is also adamant that the habit he has made out of having his kicks charged down has not been a drain on his self-belief even though it happened twice in front of Martin Johnson when he was playing for Wasps two weeks ago.

“My confidence has not taken a knock at all,” he told the Mirror.

“It’s something I have to look at and rectify but it’s not too major in my head.”

“There is always going to be ground to improve.”



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