Thursday, 10 May 2018

Return of the Prodigal Son for England

The big news today is the not wholly unexpected return, after a 3 year absence, of Danny Cipriani to the England rugby squad.

I only say "not wholly unexpected" as the likelihood of Cipriani's selection for the squad for next month's tests against South Africa has been mooted in the press all week. However, when you think about it, the selection of the Wasps playmaker does remain somewhat left-field given that:

(a) he is leaving Wasps at the end of the season and (unless there's something we don't know) will most likely end up playing abroad - thus ruling himself out of future selection; and

(b) at best Danny-Boy is still likely to play second (or maybe third) fiddle at fly-half to either George Ford or tour skipper Owen Farrell.

Equally intriguing to Cipriani's selection is the announcement of Scott Wisemantel as England's attack coach for the tour, although I have to admit that my initial reaction is "Scott who?"

Whoever Mr Wisemantel might be, he is sure to have his work cut out restoring credibility to England's stodgy offence.


2 comments:

Von said...

No doubt you'll have done your own research by now, but I also had to look up Mr Wisemantel - quite interesting, he's been coaching backs at Montpellier with Jake White (who Jones worked with in the 2007 SA winning team), and worked with Jones in Australia and perhaps more significantly with the Japan team for RWC2015. If the attacking performances Japan produced are anything to go by, then this would seem to be a pretty shrewd appointment!!
http://www.englandrugby.com/news/england-appoint-wisemantel-attack-consultant/

BigJocktheLock said...

Oh Danny, Danny, Danny. Just when things were starting to get back on track......