sport news Eddie Jones includes Danny Cipriani in England squad gathering 

Eddie Jones gives Danny Cipriani hope of an England recall after including him in national squad gathering Danny Cipriani was one of more than 40 hopefuls at England squad meetings Players did not train but had medical tests and check-ups at two separate camps Cipriani's involvement suggests he's still in Eddie Jones' plans in World Cup year  

By Will Kelleher For Mailonline

Published: 18:21 GMT, 2 January 2019 | Updated: 18:23 GMT, 2 January 2019

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Danny Cipriani was handed a Six Nations lifeline as he joined a national squad gathering with other England hopefuls this week.

Sportsmail understands Gloucester wing Ollie Thorley, Worcester prop Nick Schonert, their 19-year-old flanker Ted Hill, Saracens’ Ben Earl, 21, and Wasps’ Dan Robson – now back from injury – were some of the 40-odd players who also attended the meeting.

However, there was no invitation for Saracens centre Alex Lozowski.

Danny Cipriani was one of the players called to an England meeting for test and check-ups

Danny Cipriani was one of the players called to an England meeting for test and check-ups

No training took place but players from the London and South West clubs – including Bath’s 21-year-old back-rower Zach Mercer – met at Bisham Abbey on New Year’s Eve for medical tests and check-ups.

And those at midlands and northern-based clubs – like Leicester’s 23-year-old prop Ellis Genge – went to Liverpool on Wednesday for a similar session.

Thorley’s inclusion completes a whirlwind end to 2018. The 6ft 1in, 15st 8lb 22-year-old Premiership player of the month has been the find of the season so far, having scored four tries in four league games – now he is on England’s radar having been nowhere close to it a matter of months ago.

Eddie Jones ignored Cipriani during the autumn Tests but may call on him for the Six Nations

Eddie Jones ignored Cipriani during the autumn Tests but may call on him for the Six Nations

Cipriani is currently injured, having hurt his chest, and will be out for a further four weeks – but the fact that he attended on Monday seems to suggest he is still in Eddie

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