Cipriani relishing Saxons opportunity

  • England Saxons to play South Africa A twice
  • Both games live on Sky Sports

Danny Cipriani is excited about the brand of rugby England Saxons will play in South Africa but the fly-half admits it is the results that will matter the most.

Ali Hepher’s Saxons squad will face a strong South Africa A side in two Tests in June and Cipriani is one of eight players included in the squad that already have senior England experience.

The 14-times capped fly-half is joined in the 26-man squad by full internationals Kieran Brookes, Dave Attwood, Matt Kvesic, Christian Wade, Semesa Rokoduguni, Tommy Taylor and Ollie Devoto.

Taylor and Devoto won their first caps on Sunday as England defeated Wales at Twickenham in the Old Mutual Wealth Cup and Cipriani admits the talent and experience at Hepher’s disposal bodes well for the two Tests on Springbok soil.

“I am looking forward to it, there is a great chance for us to go out there and play an exciting brand of rugby,” he said. 

“But the important thing is that we get the victory.

“The great opportunity with the Saxons is that it does have a nice mix of different players with different ages.

“We are excited to get out there and play against a very strong South Africa team – their squad has been picked and they have gone pretty hard out for it.

“They have got a very good and wide squad of players. It is going to be important for them, games in South Africa against an England team are ones they really want to win."

The Wasps-bounce No 10 added: “We need to make sure we are prepared and ready – this is no end of season jolly – these are going to be tough hard-fought games against seasoned pros with a good mixture of players.

“We are going out there to try and win and enjoy ourselves as well.”

BUZZ AROUND ENGLISH RUGBY

With the two clashes taking place on 10 and 17 June time is of the essence for Cipriani and co to find the right blend.

He added: “We need to get to know each other and our plays and in a very short period of time so that is the most important thing.

“The combinations of the halfbacks, the hookers, the lineouts that is what we need to focus on and we can worry about the rest of it later.”

While the Saxons are taking on South Africa A, Eddie Jones’ senior side will be playing three Tests in Australia against the Wallabies.

And after their 27-13 win over Wales at Twickenham, Cipriani admits that optimism is flowing around the whole Red Rose set-up.

“There is an excitement and a buzz around English rugby, that’s six games unbeaten now after the RBS 6 Nations and the game against Wales," he said.

“It’s in a great place with a lot of people fighting for positions, people doing well and people trying to push them.

“That is exactly where English rugby should be and it’s exciting to have a strong Saxons team going out to South Africa so we can try and put our hands up and get in the main squad.

“The boys are aware of it (potential call-ups to the senior squad), but all we can focus on is the here and now, going to South Africa, playing well and having a good tournament.” 

 

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