Chris Ashton back at Twickenham with point to prove to Eddie Jones

• Toulon back set to take on England as a Barbarian on Sunday
• ‘I’d love to play for England one day. I’ve not shut it off’

There is something irresistible about the possibility of Chris Ashton and Danny Cipriani lining up as opposing full-backs when England host the Barbarians on Sunday. Arguably the two most gifted English players of their generation, neither has graced the Twickenham turf as often as his talents warrant in recent years, with England’s management either unwilling or unable to find a place for players who can polarise opinion. On their day, however, both are box office.

Cipriani is back in the England set-up after three years on the outside looking in, which is where Ashton remains having moved to Toulon last summer. Ashton has admiration for how Cipriani has forced his way into Eddie Jones’s squad but, rather than looking back on his decision to snub the 2016 Saxons tour (Cipriani went) with regret, he takes heart from it.

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