Cipriani overlooked by England as Ashton returns
Instead Owen Farrell and George Ford were the recognised fly-halves, with utility backs Henry Slade and Alex Lozowski able to provide cover.
TWICKENHAM - Danny Cipriani was left out by coach Eddie Jones when England's squad for the November internationals at Twickenham was announced on Thursday.
The fly-half has been in fine form for Gloucester this season and was named Premiership player of the month for September, but that was not enough to persuade Jones to include him in a 36-man squad for next month's home Tests against South Africa, New Zealand, 2019 World Cup hosts Japan and Australia.
Despite being England's starting No 10 in their most recent game against South Africa in June and producing an excellent opening to the season at his new club, Jones left him out of an initial training squad and the Australian stuck with his decision on Thursday.
Instead, Owen Farrell and George Ford were the recognised fly-halves, with utility backs Henry Slade and Alex Lozowski able to provide cover.
'THINGS TO WORK ON'
"George and Owen are our two first-choice No 10s," Jones told reporters at a Twickenham press conference. "He (Cipriani) still has things he needs to work on."
Wing Chris Ashton returned despite yet having to make his debut for new club Sale with his seven-week ban for a tip-tackle elapsing this weekend.
In midfield, Manu Tuilagi was recalled following a succession of injuries, with Ben Te'o, who has not played this season because of thigh and ankle problems, also vying for a place at centre.
Meanwhile No 8 Ben Morgan returned for the first time since the 2015 World Cup after a six-week ban given to Nathan Hughes early Thursday deprived Jones of another back-row forward with the likes of Billy Vunipola, Sam Simmonds and Chris Robshaw all injured.
England also had problems at loosehead prop, with Mako Vunipola ruled out through a calf injury and Joe Marler having retired from international duty.
That left Alex Hepburn and Ben Moon as the only recognised looseheads in a squad featuring eight uncapped players but missing omitted veteran forwards James Haskell and Dan Cole.
Some 18 players are unavailable to Jones through a combination of injury, suspension and retirement.
But the former Australia and Japan coach tried to remain positive ahead of a gruelling series that starts with a match against the Springboks on 3 November.
"I'm really happy with the squad. We can only control what we can control and injuries have happened," said Jones.
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