Carter jumps to Danny’s defence

Dan Carter has urged England flyhalf Danny Cipriani’s critics to be patient.

Cipriani had an indifferent game against Australia last Saturday, and was subsequently heavily criticised. He’s task won’t get any easier at Twickenham against the Springboks and All Blacks on consecutive weekends, with some viewing the next fortnight as a true test of his aptitude for Test rugby.

However, All Blacks flyhalf Carter, who is likely to front up to Cipriani at Twickenham next week, called for patience before making an absolute judgment on the 21-year-old Cipriani.

“It is a huge step up to international rugby, no matter what level you have been playing,” Carter told The Guardian.

“It is totally different from the game you emerge from as a young player and people have to be patient. Danny Cipriani has to remember that he was picked by England for a reason and he has to stick to what he has been doing. He is a player of quality who has a variety of skills and he is capable of making the step up.

“At his age it is all about learning. You have to draw strength from adversity, and criticism, far from getting you down, has to motivate you even more and so make you a better player. I am sure he will be doing that.”