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Stuart lancaster

Stuart lancaster

Stuart Lancaster has dangled the carrot of World Cup training camp selection in front of Danny Cipriani in a bid to stop the Sale fly-half moving to France.

Head coach Lancaster has revealed he will take four fly-halves into his summer training squad ahead of England hosting the World Cup in the autumn.

The England boss has recalled Cipriani for a 34-man Six Nations training squad, rejecting suggestions this is his final chance at Test level.

Nick Easter is back in an England squad for the first time since 2011, to offset Ben Morgan's broken leg, while Sam Burgess is among the second-string Saxons.

"I don't see where this last chance idea has come from," said Lancaster of Cipriani, who was eyeing a move to Toulon in the summer if overlooked.

"We brought him into the New Zealand tour last summer. He was on the bench in the first Test, he played in the Crusaders game and he was involved in the third Test.

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"We've got a whole Six Nations period to go and the World Cup camp to go. I see Danny being around for hopefully the next three to four years.

"Selection will come down ultimately not to previous reputation or what people have done in the past, it's what they do every week for their clubs.

"That's how we select, on what we see. Danny will be in the mix like everyone else."

England maintain their staunch policy of only selecting overseas-based players in "exceptional circumstances", but Lancaster is yet to invoke that all-encompassing clause.

Easter is back in an England squad for the first time since declaring "that's £35,000 down the toilet", referring to lost bonuses after the disappointing 2011 World Cup exit.

The England boss believes both Cipriani and Easter can still force their way into his selection thoughts for the Six Nations opener in Cardiff.

"There's a pecking order that's in existence if you like, but all things are open really," said Lancaster.


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