Cipriani focus

Danny Cipriani is eyeing a return to the English set-up. [more]

Cipriani focus

Danny Cipriani is eyeing a return to the English set-up.

The 24-year-old fly-half joined Sale Sharks in the summer, following two seasons with Super Rugby's Melbourne Rebels, who face the Lions next year.

Cipriani was ineligible for England while he was Down Under but he is hoping to produce the goods on the domestic scene with Sale to earn an international call-up, which could even lead to a Lions call up.

"I learned a lot in Australia and I am ambitious to play for England again," said Cipriani, who has not played for England since 2008.

"I had always intended to return here after two years. I had the possibility of one more year (with the Rebels), but after weighing things up decided to return.

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"I have spoken to Stuart Lancaster and being involved in the 2015 World Cup is a long-term goal but I have to focus on this season."

Sale have not finished in the top four since they won the Premiership crown in 2006. But Cipriani insists club rugby is his priority and reckons he can bring some new ideas to the club, following his stint Down Under.

"Sale are an ambitious club and it is really enjoyable here," added the former London Wasps man.

"I am excited to be playing in the Premiership again and I have a role and responsibility at Sale.

"The better the club do in the league and in the Heineken Cup, the more players here will be recognised. It is not about me. Sale have a real chance of finishing in the top four.

"I am glad I went to Australia because they do things differently there and I want to impose some of the things I learned there, not just in attack.

"It is about how they understand the game and focus on little details."

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