Danny Cipriani has vowed to win his England place back with 'actions not words'
"It's not really for me to keep talking about England, I've just got to keep putting my best foot forward"
Last Updated: 09/05/19 10:11am
Danny Cipriani insists his England place can be reclaimed through action alone as he celebrates being voted Rugby Players' Association player of the year for 2019.
Cipriani amassed the most votes from his fellow professionals for an outstanding debut season at Gloucester, who he has steered into the Gallagher Premiership play-offs after leaving Wasps last summer.
The 31-year-old's creativity and game management have been superb, yet he has won only two caps under Eddie Jones as Owen Farrell and George Ford continue to be recognised as England's preferred fly-halves.
Jones has been a regular visitor to Kingsholm this season, including recently, and Cipriani has resolved to keep delivering electric performances in the hope they will convince the Australian.
"All I can do right now is speak with my actions and not my words," Cipriani said.
"It's not really for me to keep talking about England, I've just got to keep putting my best foot forward and leading through my actions.
"Hopefully I can show with my character who I am. If I could be a positive influence internationally then I'd give that my best shot.
"Eddie is very diligent when it comes to speaking to the players in his squad, so he's always on to make sure players know where they stand and what they must do to improve."
Cipriani has been instrumental in securing a third-place finish and Gloucester's first appearance in a Premiership semi-final since 2011. A trip to either Exeter or Saracens awaits in a fortnight.
"You have to find ways to perform. Whether you have an integral role or a bit-part behind the scenes, you have to make the most out of your situation."
"As everyone has seen, it has probably been the most competitive Premiership season ever," said Cipriani, who cast his player of the year vote for Exeter openside Matt Kvesic.
"But we have a massive prize to play for with Gloucester and I'd trade this award in to win the title.
"It will be difficult because Exeter and Saracens are two great teams who are very well-drilled and have become something of a dynasty over the last few years.
"We have just got to play the best we can and make sure that, on the day, our emotional levels are at the right level on the pitch.
"We'll believe we can win because anything can happen on any given day and you don't ever go into a match thinking you'll lose."
Cipriani becomes only the third person alongside Jonny Wilkinson and Christian Wade to be named player of the year having also previously won the young player award.
Also present on the five-strong shortlist was Exeter wing Santiago Cordero, Sale scrum-half Faf De Klerk, Northampton scrum-half Cobus Reinach and Exeter centre Henry Slade.
"To win is very humbling because it's voted for by your peers, so that's awesome," Cipriani said.
"But rugby is the ultimate team sport and it has been so nice to be at Gloucester this season.
"The team has worked well together under a coach who has given me an important role and hopefully I've rewarded him in how I've played.
"You have to find ways to perform. Whether you have an integral role or a bit-part behind the scenes, you have to make the most out of your situation.
"That's what I've learned in my seven years back in the Premiership. I've had different roles at Sale, Wasps and now Gloucester.
"I like to think my performances have been very consistent. And then it's about fine tuning and honing your leadership skills."