Cipriani in Lions mix as potential bolter

10:39 AM GMT

Danny Cipriani is in the mix for a spot on the British & Irish Lions tour despite having not played for England this year.

Eddie Jones has preferred George Ford, Owen Farrell and Henry Slade as his playmaking options with England but Lions coach Warren Gatland has kept the door open for Wasps’ Cipriani, saying that there are “two or three players” in consideration who are outside the international picture at present.

“I’ve spoken to Cipriani,” Gatland said. “I coached him as a kid. He’s not everyone’s flavour of the month but he has some talent and ability. I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t discuss him.

“We went through the squad and there are two or three not involved in their international squads that we discussed.

“We haven’t ruled anyone out. Some guys may not fit certain plans or frameworks because their personality’s not right, but that doesn’t mean we won’t consider them.”

Gatland was impressed by Robbie Henshaw and Conor Murray’s performances in Ireland’s win over New Zealand in Chicago.

“There is a hell of a long way to go,” Gatland said. “I could mention 10 or 12 names, but by the time the squad’s selected in April, someone could have overtaken them.

“Conor Murray is an integral part of Ireland. He’s probably been one of the most improved players over the last two or three years.

“Back in 2013, he would probably have been the starting nine if there was another [Lions] Test. He went out there as a number three, and ended up being number one.”

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