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Cipriani still an England option for Jones

England coach Eddie Jones insists Danny Cipriani has not been given a final warning following his arrest for an incident in a nightclub in Jersey.

Jones brought Cipriani back into the international fold in June, seemingly on the understanding that there would be no further unwanted off-field headlines.

The Gloucester man was fined after pleading guilty to common assault and resisting arrest during pre-season last month, but Jones says he remains an option.

“We had a good chat with Danny and the club about it,” the England boss told Sky Sports. “Possibly what was reported wasn’t the case. It’ll be about what he does on the field going forward.

“Has he received a final warning? Not really. Like any player, you need to be disciplined and committed to doing the right things – and the time between training sessions is important.”

Discussing Cipriani’s on-field performances after an impressive start to the Premiership season, Jones added: “We know he’s good when the ball is going forward.

“That’s not in debate. It’s how he plays when the ball is not going forward and we’ve chatted to Danny about that. He knows what he has got to do to work on his game, he’s pretty clear about where he needs to go.”

Chris Ashton is also in Jones’ thinking for the November internationals, despite receiving a seven-match ban for a pre-season red card after joining Sale Sharks from Toulon.

“We’re looking at what he’s doing in training,” said Jones. “We sent one of our staff up there for the last couple of days to work with him. We’ll just wait and see.

“He’s outstanding, has a great attitude, wants to get better, works hard, is a good character. He couldn’t have done any more to impress us.” News wire is powered by opta

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