Absolute joke - Jones criticised for decision
» IT has been described as ‘complete madness’ and an ‘absolute joke’.
Eddie Jones’ decision to leave Danny Cipriani out of his latest England squad has certainly got fans talking.
Former England and Leicester fly-half Andy Goode said: “So Eddie Jones picked Danny for what seems to be a token gesture as he’s now not picked to go on camp to Italy. Eddie are you ok?!”
Meanwhile, ex-gloucester and Bath lock Peter Miles simply said it was “complete madness.”
Cipriani was a double Premiership player of the year award winner after a sensational first season at Gloucester but Jones has taken Owen Farrell and George Ford as his only two fly-halves.
Both Gloucester and England fans have also shown their dismay on Twitter.
Mike King said the decision was an “absolute joke” while Alex Quantock said it is “utterly baffling.”
Keith Jones described it as “Pantomime selection technique” and Oliver Jackson labelled it “embarrassing”, adding Jones “will cost us this World Cup through his stubbornness!”
Wales fan Matthew Cook said the absence of Cipriani and scrum-half Danny Care is “mind boggling.”
Former Wales and Lions wing Shane Williams believes the World Cup will be poorer for the absence of Cipriani if Jones overlooks him.
“I’m not surprised that he’s been left out because with Eddie Jones anything can happen,” said Williams.
“But Danny is such an exciting player who reminds me of Gavin Henson back in my day - he was capable of doing anything.
“It would have been nice to see him get a bit more time because he’s a world beater. I enjoy watching him play.
“Does he fit into the Owen Farrell and Eddie Jones way? I’m not sure. He’s a player who can win you games.
“It’s a shame because he’s been asked to go away and work on his game. He’s done that and proved he’s a world-class player, but he may not get the chance now.”