Haskell tells Cipri­ani not to ‘hang on’ for Eng­land

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“Some­times your face does not fit, or there’s too much com­pe­ti­tion around, and you need to make the right de­ci­sion to suit your­self and suit your game.

“I don’t re­gret for one minute go­ing to France – it was one of the best ex­pe­ri­ences of my life.

“If I thought it would have af­fected my Eng­land chances, be­cause the rules were dif­fer­ent then, I prob­a­bly wouldn’t go.

“If I was on the fringe of the squad look­ing to play rugby and I had a once-in-al­ife­time op­por­tu­nity to go and play in France, you’ve got to go and play in France, haven’t you?

“I think that’s what you’ve AD­VICE: Haskell got to do. But ev­ery­one is dif­fer­ent.

“Only he knows what the Eng­land coaches are say­ing to him, only he knows his own sit­u­a­tion.

“But I re­spect any­one who broad­ens their hori­zons,

“The worst thing you can do is get to 33 hav­ing hung on and still not re­ally been in­volved, then go over and miss the en­tire boat.”

Haskell be­lieves nine-cap Cipri­ani will face a dif­fi­cult de­ci­sion on whether to move across the chan­nel in the sum­mer if deemed Eng­land’s fourth-choice fly-half.

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