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Cipriani - Long road back

Former Wasps stand-off will have to be patient for England recall

Last Updated: 12/10/10 12:28pm

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Danny Cipriani admits he may not be able to break back into the England squad for another two years following his switch to Melbourne Rebels.

"Brian (Ashton) should never have been sacked. He finished second at the World Cup."
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The 22-year-old fly-half is preparing to travel to Australia as he embarks on a two-season stint with the Super 15 outfit after leaving Wasps.

He made his England debut during the 2008 Six Nations campaign but injuries and inconsistent performances have since led to him falling out of favour.

And although he desperately wants to be involved in the international set-up, Cipriani concedes he may have to wait until he returns home to revive his England career.

"In an ideal world I would be playing in the autumn internationals. That is my dream taken away," he told The Sunday Times.

"But it's been made clear I am not in their plans so, instead of taking the direct route and banging my head against a brick wall, I will go around it.

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"I will learn everything I can about the game and come back at 24, still relatively young and still with 10 years left in me."

Cipriani has also hit out at the Rugby Football Union for their decision to sack former England head coach Brian Ashton two years ago.

Head coach Ashton handed Cipriani his first cap but was relieved of his duties soon afterwards and replaced by team manager Martin Johnson.

Cipriani added: "Brian should never have been sacked. He finished second at the World Cup.

"There are so many young, talented players coming up and he knows every one of them because he worked with them, so it makes logistical sense to have him involved. It is such a shame."

But despite those criticisms, Cipriani is eager to be involved with England again and says he will never turn down the chance to play for his country.

He added: "I will always be available to play for England. I would never retire from playing for England. It's whether I get picked. Hopefully, I will be able to do everything I can."

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