Sale’s Danny Cipriani may go abroad if he is not picked for England

• Six Nations snub could send him to France, says Sale chief
• Toulon might be interested in securing fly-half’s services
Cipriani stars in Sale defeat of Exeter

Danny Cipriani is likely to quit English club rugby for the second time in his career if he is omitted from England’s squad to be announced this month. Sale have given their fly-half a fortnight to decide whether to re-sign with them, and they expect him to relocate to France if he does not feature in England’s Six Nations plans.

Cipriani found himself ranked behind George Ford, Owen Farrell and Stephen Myler in the autumn. But Steve Diamond, Sale’s director of rugby, reckons it would be “foolhardy” not to pick him in the Six Nations with the Rugby World Cup looming. According to Diamond, there is every prospect of the 27-year-old heading abroad if he feels he has no chance of inclusion in the World Cup squad.

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