Danny Cipriani gets England nod

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Danny Cipriani has been recalled to the England squad for the three-Test tour of New Zealand next month, while Chris Pennell has won his first call up.

Coach Stuart Lancaster confirmed his initial 30-man squad on Monday and Cipriani has been given the nod despite not having played for the Red Rose since 2008.

Lancaster also named seven uncapped players and they will all now compete for selection for the first Test at Eden Park on Saturday June 7.

However a further group will leave on June 2 once Saturday’s Aviva Premiership final between Saracens and Northampton, and the England XV v Barbarians match at Twickenham Stadium on the following day, have been played.

“We are excited about the squad we are taking to New Zealand and, while there continues to be challenges in selection, we will be well and truly ready for the First Test,” he said.

“It has a been good few days training and great to be able to work with a larger group of players in the lead up to the Barbarians game and the tour.

“With the Barbarians game and the Aviva Premiership final to come we will make our final selection once we know the availability of all players. This group will fly out on the Monday following the Barbarians game.”

Meanwhile Lancaster has not ruled out a future return for Toulon back rower Steffon Armitage, who starred for the French giants in the Heineken Cup final win over Saracens at the weekend, should he move back to play in the UK.

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