Danny Cipriani has been left out of England’s 38-man squad for their pre Rugby World Cup training camp in Italy.
Cipriani was included among 35 players originally selected for Eddie Jones’ training group but the Gloucester star will not travel to Treviso on Monday afternoon.
For last week’s gathering in Bristol, Cipriani was one of three players separated from the main squad in order to undertake “specialised strength and conditioning work”.
However, the other two, Bath duo Sam Underhill and Anthony Watson, were included in Jones’ squad for 12 days of warm-weather preparation, designed to help England deal with the conditions during the World Cup in Japan.
Cipriani’s only two England appearances under Jones came during last summer’s tour of South Africa, but the 31-year-old was then left out for the autumn internationals and Six Nations following his arrest on Gloucester’s pre-season tour.
An impressive domestic season for Gloucester, which earned Cipriani the Premier Player of the Season award, saw him recalled for England’s training camp this month, but his chances of playing in a World Cup for the first time appear to have taken a major blow.
Cipriani was included in training camps ahead of the 2007 and 2015 editions of the tournament, but failed to make the final cut on both occasions.
Jones will name his final 31-man squad on August 12, a day after England face Wales in their first warm-up game for the tournament.
England begin their campaign against Tonga in Sapporo on September 22.
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