Reprieve for Cipriani as Sale recall fly-half for clash with Worcester
14:13 GMT, 28 December 2012
Sale Sharks have recalled Danny Cipriani, presenting the former England fly-half with a surprise chance to restore his reputation at the club.
He was dropped from the side which lost to his former club Wasps Adams Park last Sunday, and felt the brunt of co-owner Brian Kennedy’s stinging attack, who challenged his commitment.
Despite this, and in the wake of a relatively improved performance during the 25-18 defeat, Cipriani will start tonight against Worcester, in place of Nick Macleod who has a back injury.
Back in the fold: Cipriani has been recalled by Sale
Kennedy blasted the 25-year old, saying: ‘If you’re not prepared to put your body on the line for this club, who pay your wages and give you the chance to play at the highest level each week, then you won’t be in the squad, will you’
The club’s director of rugby, John Mitchell, also had some cold advice for the player, who has been accused of laziness.
'Danny knows the situation and what’s going on and he knows that there needs to be an improvement in performance,’ Mitchell said.
'He has to improve his defence. Last week against Toulon he defended for 35 minutes and then chose not to do so.'
The onus is now in Cipriani who, blessed with world-beating talent, has failed to prove he can show focus and dedication for Sale.
They currently sit five points adrift at the foot of the Premiership table and have only recorded one win, against London Irish, in their 11 league games.