Ab­so­lute joke - Jones crit­i­cised for de­ci­sion

Gloucestershire Echo - - GLOUCESTER RUGBY -

» 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.”

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