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Aviva Premiership: Steve Diamond feels Danny Cipriani could earn an England recall
We don't want to talk about playing for England just yet, just let him keep playing the game he's playing and if the opportunity comes in the Six Nations then brilliant, if it doesn't then there's the summer tour.
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Sale director of rugby Steve Diamond believes Danny Cipriani's current form could lead to an international recall after he impressed again in his side's 15-3 win over London Irish
Although the fly-half endured something of a mixed night off the kicking tee, his performance in open play must surely have caught the eye of watching England boss Stuart Lancaster.
Cipriani had a hand in Tom Brady's try and his recent form has led to Diamond singing the praises of a player he believes has "matured" of late.
"There's a lot of press about Danny at the moment," he said. "Danny's playing well as he's playing for the team. What he's done is matured.
"We don't want to talk about playing for England just yet, just let him keep playing the game he's playing and if the opportunity comes in the Six Nations then brilliant, if it doesn't then there's the summer tour.
"But if he plays like he is playing and he controls the game like he is then the England coaches will definitely have to have a look at him.
"Danny played well tonight, he had a tough start in the conditions by kicking long, but the difference in Danny now to when he was playing elsewhere is that he's consolidated his game a little bit."
Diamond was also pleased with his side's efforts in the first half of this season having now secured five wins from 10 Aviva Premiership games to see them reside comfortably in mid-table.
He added: "Overall, we're in a good position. We're moving away from the bottom four and with another couple of wins in other competitions, we could be
in the quarter-finals of two other tournaments.
"We're in a far better place than we were this time last year but in reality we're in about the place that the squad, I and the coaches thought we would be
in the summer if we played to our optimum, and we've done that."
London Irish director of rugby Brian Smith was frustrated with the scrum after conceding a number penalties at the set-piece.
"I was a little disappointed that we had 10 scrum penalties go against us," Smith said. "The scrums were going backwards but there was binding on the arms.
"Sale played the conditions fairly well so fair play to Sale but there was a crazy bounce on a cross-field kick for their first try and seven points is always going to be a lot on a night like this."
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|Saturday 22nd November|
|15:00||London Irish vs Bath|
|15:00||Exeter vs Wasps|
|Sunday 23rd November|
|13:00||Saracens vs Northampton|
|15:15||London Welsh vs Leicester Tigers|
|Friday 28th November|
|19:45||Bath vs Harlequins|
|Saturday 29th November|
|15:00||Leicester vs Wasps|
|16:30||Exeter vs Saracens|
|Sunday 30th November|
|13:00||London Irish vs Gloucester|
|14:30||London Welsh vs Northampton|
|15:15||Newcastle vs Sale|
|Saturday 20th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Bath|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Newcastle|
|15:00||Northampton vs Leicester|
|15:00||Saracens vs London Welsh|
|Sunday 21st December|
|14:00||Wasps vs London Irish|
|Friday 26th December|
|15:00||London Irish vs London Welsh|
|Saturday 27th December|
|14:00||Sale vs Leicester|
|15:00||Bath vs Exeter|
|15:00||Gloucester vs Wasps|
|15:00||Newcastle vs Saracens|
|15:00||Harlequins vs Northampton|
|Saturday 3rd January|
|15:00||Exeter vs Gloucester|
|15:00||Leicester vs Bath|
|15:00||Northampton vs Newcastle|
|Friday 21st November|
|Newcastle Falcons 20 - 10 Gloucester|
|Harlequins 12 - 16 Sale Sharks|
|Sunday 16th November|
|Wasps 71 - 7 London Welsh|
|Leicester Tigers 21 - 21 Saracens|
|Saturday 15th November|
|Bath 23 - 14 Newcastle Falcons|
|Sale Sharks 36 - 8 London Irish|
|Friday 14th November|
|Gloucester 15 - 22 Harlequins|
|Northampton 18 - 24 Exeter|
|Sunday 12th October|
|Wasps 29 - 22 Bath|
|Saturday 11th October|
|Northampton 43 - 10 Sale Sharks|
|Saracens 28 - 21 Gloucester|
|Exeter 44 - 24 London Irish|
|London Welsh 3 - 23 Newcastle|
|Friday 10th October|
|Leicester 22 - 16 Harlequins|
|Sunday 5th October|
|Newcastle 29 - 24 Exeter|
|Sale 25 - 14 Wasps|
|Saturday 4th October|
|Gloucester 33 - 16 Leicester|
|Harlequins 52 - 0 London Welsh|
|London Irish 12 - 19 Northampton|
|Friday 3rd October|
|Bath 21 - 11 Saracens|
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