Danny Cipriani has been called up by England for the first time since 2008
England head coach Stuart Lancaster believes he knows what makes Danny Cipriani tick after handing the fly-half a first call-up since 2008.
Lancaster named Cipriani in a training squad of 20 that includes ten uncapped players, four of which are from Exeter Chiefs.
Further players will be added to the squad for forthcoming clash with the Barbarians and the summer tour to New Zealand once the remaining six Premiership clubs have finished their seasons.
Depending on who plays who in the Premiership final, Lancaster could find himself light on fly-halves but he has every confidence that Cipriani is ready to return to the international stage.
"I don't view it as a risk bringing a player into an international team. It's pretty important that he's matured as a person," he said.
"I have coached Danny more than most because for the majority of the time when I was Saxons coach he was in the squad.
"I have a pretty good understanding of how he works. The club have done a fantastic job to develop him and make him more rounded and mature as a person."
England will travel to New Zealand in two groups - the first of which will depart on May 27, the second leaving on Monday June 2, the day after Lancaster's men face the Barbarians at Twickenham.
Lancaster added: "The New Zealand tour and the game against the Barbarians give us a chance to look at a wide group of players, some of whom are well known to us from the Elite Player Squad, others who we will get to work with for the first time next week.
"That is an exciting challenge for us coaches and it's a great opportunity for those players to put a marker down for selection for the tour and the Barbarians game."
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