Danny Cipriani hopes to make the England Six Nations squad, which would see him miss the first month of Super Rugby.
The Melbourne Rebels flyhalf has a clause in his contract that allows him to be released for international call-ups. With the Six Nations running from 4 February to 17 March , Cipriani has an outside chance of making the England squad with the recent resignation of head coach Martin Johnson. This would see him miss the Rebels’ fixtures against the Waratahs (2 March), Reds (10 March) and Cheetahs (18 March).
Under Johnson’s reign, overseas-based players were only selected in ‘exceptional circumstances’ – and Cipriani hopes to catch the attention of the new England head coach when he turns out for the Barbarians against the Wallabies this Saturday.
‘I have a long term goal in 2015 to be in that squad [for the World Cup], to be first choice 10 and to be back here in the short term and obviously play well this season. Hopefully to be that exceptional case,’ said Cipriani.