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McGeechan puts Cipriani’s Lions tour in doubt



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British and Irish Lions coach Ian McGeechan who is also Director of Rugby at London Wasps has added to the doubt that Danny Cipriani will be taking part in the Lions tour after he admitted that the player was taken off at half time in Wasps Premiership clash at the weekend.

The Wasps director of rugby admitted that Cipriani’s substitution for the second half of Wasps Guinness Premiership victory over Bristol was partly tactical as the player still needs work.

“He (Danny) is carrying it (the ankle) a little bit but it was partly that and partly tactical.” McGeechan told the Guinness Premiership site.

“His game is steadily improving but there are bits we need to keep working on.”

Cipriani did not feature for England in their Six Nations campaign and he not enjoyed consistent form since injuring his ankle last year.

The Scot also refused to comment on stories that Cipriani had told the Wasps management that he would not be picked for England in the Six Nations, adding: “I haven’t a clue about that – I cannot comment on something happening in another camp.

“Johnno (Martin Johnson) rings us up and tells us which players will be used and which he won’t – it’s as straightforward as that.

The Lions squad is set to be named on April the 21st and it remains to be seen if he will pick the high profile fly-half when he names his Lions squad.


Cipriani featured for England in the Autumn internationals but after disappointing performances against the Pacific Islands, Australia and South Africa he was dropped for England’s last match against the All Blacks.



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