England coach Eddie Jones warns Danny Cipriani about bad behaviour

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Eddie Jones (left) and Danny Cipriani

England head coach Eddie Jones has warned Danny Cipriani he cannot continue getting into trouble if he wants to keep his World Cup dream alive.

Jones has not closed the door on the 30-year-old fly-half despite seeing him hit the headlines for the wrong reasons once again last month when he was fined £2000 after admitting charges of common assault and resisting arrest during Gloucester’s pre-season tour of Jersey.

Cipriani, whose career to date has been punctuated by off-the-field issues, was also charged by the Rugby Football Union with “conduct prejudicial to the interests of the game”, and although no further punishment was meted out, he has been warned his chances are fast running out.

Asked if continued misdemeanours would impact upon his international career, Jones said: “Everything impacts, everything impacts on selection.

“We will make a decision on whether he’s going to add value to the team. If a guy gets in trouble all the time, you’ve got to have second thoughts about it.”

Jones revealed he had spoken to Cipriani, who started his first game for England in a decade in South Africa this summer, this week and would judge him on his conduct within the England camp.

He said: “I have chatted to him. I went down to Gloucester on Monday and had a quick chat with him.

“He was punished by his club, punished by whatever happened with the RFU. He’s now back playing and we’ll look at him in terms of how well he plays.

“We never close the door on anyone. Everyone makes mistakes. He was very contrite afterwards, realised he’s done the wrong thing and we move on from that now. He’s just got to put himself in the selection mix.”

Jones was speaking at St James’ Park in Newcastle, where his team will play Italy on September 6 next year in one of four warm-up Tests before heading to Japan for the World Cup.

The Australian maintains he is “100 per cent” confident he has everything in place and insists “30.5” berths in his 31-man squad are effectively filled.

Jones, whose side have lost five of its last six Tests, including a 2-1 series defeat in South Africa, said: “We’re in a great position. Couldn’t be in a better position.”

Asked why he believed that, he added: “Because we know we can win. We know the sort of rugby we can play where we can win.

“We have found out where we are weak and we are weak in certain areas. We’ve got 12 months to fix it and we know we can fix it, and that puts us in a great place for the World Cup. You couldn’t plan it better.

“No-one ever likes to lose Tests, but the reality is those Tests taught us a hell of a lot – a hell of a lot – about how to prepare, and I am still working out how to get the best out of the players, that is the reality.”

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Matt Proudfoot says Springboks' execution needs to improve against Wallabies

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Matt Proudfoot says the Boks must improve their execution

Cheslin Kolbe joined the Springboks for their first training session on Monday in Brisbane, where the South Africans are preparing for Saturday’s Rugby Championship match against the Wallabies.

Kolbe was added to the Springbok squad for the Australasian leg of the competition.

Matt Proudfoot, one of the team’s assistant coaches, said it was good to have Kolbe with the team and that a big part of the Boks’ focus for this week will be their consistency and execution of opportunities.

“We are excited to have Cheslin in the side; I think he deserves his chance in the group because I think he has really performed well (in France for Toulouse),” said Proudfoot.

“I obviously know him well from my coaching days at the Stormers, and he is type of player who can really create something out of nothing.”

The Springboks resumed their preparations for the clash against Australia with some technical sessions at their Brisbane hotel, before heading to the Churchie Grammar School for a field session in the late afternoon.

“We felt we played really well in Durban and let ourselves down in Argentina with our execution, so we are looking for the same consistency and to play with the same level of physicality like in Durban,” said Proudfoot.

“Our execution, whether at breakdown or from set piece, needs to improve across the board.”

Proudfoot added that the Boks know what to expect from the Wallabies: “They will be determine to bounce back and will no doubt be in our faces, so we need to prepare with the same intensity that we can expect from them on Saturday.

“We are in fact two teams looking to bounce back, so I think this game is going to be crucial for both sides, to see how each one responds.

“It will be a tight game played on the advantage line by two sides who will be looking to get on the front foot.”

Rassie Erasmus, SA Rugby’s Director of Rugby, will announce his starting team on Thursday.

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Israel Folau and Taniela Tupou recalled to Wallabies squad for Springbok clash

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Israel Folau is fit to face the Springboks

Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has named three new faces amongst a 31-man squad to face South Africa and Argentina over the next fortnight.

Newly crowned Brumbies Player of the Year Rory Arnold as well as Reds pair Brandon Paenga-Amosa and Caleb Timu will join the Wallabies squad ahead of the Test against South Africa at Suncorp Stadium next Saturday night.

Arnold is yet to feature in 2018 while Paenga-Amosa started all three Tests in the number two jersey against Ireland after impressing for Queensland in Super Rugby.

Timu bounced back to his barnstorming best with a try for Queensland Country in yesterday’s grand final replay against the Canberra Vikings in the National Rugby Championship.

Israel Folau (ankle) has been named in the squad after missing the second Bledisloe Cup Test in Auckland while prop Taniela Tupou (hamstring) is also racing the clock to be fit for Saturday night’s Test against South Africa in Brisbane.

The Wallabies will reconvene on the Gold Coast later today ahead of the clash at Suncorp Stadium before they take on Argentina at Cbus Stadium on the Gold Coast on September 15.

Australia currently sit fourth in the Rugby Championship after back-to-back defeats to New Zealand.

Wallabies 31-man squad for Rugby Championship clashes against South Africa and Argentina (Test caps, Super Rugby side and age)

Forwards

Allan Alaalatoa (25 Tests, Brumbies, 24)

Rory Arnold (15 Tests , Brumbies, 28)

Adam Coleman (25 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 26)

Folau Fainga’a (1 Test, Brumbies, 23)

Ned Hanigan (13 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 23)

Michael Hooper (c) (84 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 26)

Sekope Kepu (96 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 32)

Tolu Latu (8 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 25)

Brandon Paenga-Amosa (3 Tests, Queensland Reds, 22)

David Pocock (71 Tests, Brumbies, 30)

Tatafu Polota-Nau (84 Tests, Leicester, 33)

Tom Robertson (23 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 24)

Izack Rodda (9 Tests, Queensland Reds, 22)

Pete Samu (5 Tests, Brumbies, 26)

Rob Simmons (87 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Scott Sio (47 Tests, Brumbies, 26)

Caleb Timu (2 Tests, Queensland Reds, 24)

Lukhan Tui (9 Tests, Queensland Reds, 21)

Taniela Tupou (4 Tests, Queensland Reds, 22)

Backs

Tom Banks (1 Test, Brumbies, 24)

Kurtley Beale (76 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Israel Folau (66 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Bernard Foley (60 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 28)

Will Genia (92 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 30)

Dane Haylett-Petty (23 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 29)

Reece Hodge (29 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 23)

Marika Koroibete (13 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 26)

Jack Maddocks (2 Tests, Melbourne Rebels, 21)

Nick Phipps (66 Tests, NSW Waratahs, 29)

Joe Powell (4 Tests, Brumbies, 24)

Matt Toomua (35 Tests, Leicester/Melbourne Rebels, 28)

*denotes uncapped

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