Calm approach from Danny Cipriani

England fly-half Danny Cipriani wants to be the “calmest guy in the room” when he runs out at Newlands to face South Africa on Saturday.

Calm approach from Danny Cipriani

Calm approach from Danny Cipriani

Cipriani, who has been included in an England starting XV for the first time since 2008, will line up alongside Ben Youngs in the half-backs.

After impressing off the bench last week, Cipriani is given the nod by head coach Eddie Jones as England look to finish the tour with a win.

“I’m excited for Saturday and obviously I know the size and magnitude of the game,” Cipriani told Sky Sports News ahead of the match in Cape Town. “But, you know, if you ride the wave too high or too low then you will end up all over the place.

“I’m pretty calm and that’s my position, and where I’m going to be on Saturday is to try and be the calmest guy in the room.”

Cipriani was in slick form at Wasps last season and when asked what has changed in his game since his early years, he added: “I’d say [I’m] much calmer. I was in a different environment. I was at Wasps and we had strike-runners everywhere and we played rugby a certain way. Then I moved over to ply my trade in different areas and teams and learned more about the game.

“I was always told to be a student of the game and that’s the best I’ve done. I feel like I’m getting there and I still have a long way to go, but I’m calm at the moment and I’m excited for Saturday.”

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