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Cipriani not waiting for Johnson's call

Published 13/01/2010 | 05:00

Three games into his recovery from a fractured fibula, Danny Cipriani's undoubted talent alone looks like it won't be enough to persuade Martin Johnson to include him in the England squad for the upcoming Six Nations.

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Cipriani made his first start for England against Ireland in Twickenham in March 2008 when he landed 18 points in a perfect kicking display to help bring an end to Eddie O'Sullivan's reign as coach.

However, the Wasps out-half isn't expecting his phone to ring when England announce their squad for the tournament today.

"It's about me playing well enough so that I can get back in the (England) side," said Cipriani. "I'm not sure if I've had enough game-time so I'll understand if I'm not (in the squad)."

Cipriani has been in the public eye for the wrong reasons in the past having been axed from the England squad before the 2008 Six Nations clash with Scotland after being spotted leaving a nightclub on the eve of the game.

However, consolation for the 22-year-old comes in the shape of girlfriend Kelly Brook.

"My style of captaincy is to lead by example, I'll be playing the way I have always played and will not change. But obviously with the captaincy comes an added responsibility, it will be foolish not to think so." -- Despite his ill-advised try celebration in Croke Park in the autumn, which came hot on the heels of an eight-week ban for making 'contact with the eye area' of Luke Fitzgerald during last summer's Lions tour, South Africa's Schalk Burger has no intention of changing his ways after being handed the captaincy of the Stormers for the forthcoming Super 14 campaign.

"The government is going to punish rugby." -- South Africa's National Assembly sports committee chairman Butana Komphela vows to have Tendai 'Beast' Mtawarira deported to his native Zimbabwe.

The 24-year-old Sharks prop is in South Africa on a skilled work permit obtained by the Sharks, but Komphela argues that those permits allowing players to represent clubs did not permit their inclusion in national teams. Any chance he has an Irish Granny?

Irish Independent

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