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Cipriani motivated to improve in Super Rugby

Article Published: Monday 27 February 2012

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Danny Cipriani says that he is hoping that his performance in a Melbourne Rebels jersey this year will help to earn him an England recall.

Cipriani has not played for England since he fell out of favour with the then England manager Martin Johnson after winning seven caps.

The former England playmaker moved to Australia to move out of the limelight as he was making more headlines for his off-field activities than his on-field activities.

However it did not take long for Cipriani to make headlines in Australia for his love of nightlife and afer breaching team protocols one time too many he was suspended.

In 2012 Cipriani says that he wants to be guided by the team ethic on and off the field.

"I've got extra motivation this year to make sure I get in the England side and to really improve on my performances from last year," he told Reuters in Melbourne.

"I'm not going to change too much."

"Mistakes happen and stuff gets glamorised in the press."

"As journalists, it's their job. I don't hold any grudges because it's their job. But when you know the truth of the situation and the club and your friends do, then it's not so bad.

"This year, we've got a very tight group. There's a lot of things we're going to do and we're going to do them together.

"When we go off-field, we're going to make sure it's all as a team."

Cipriani has been linked with a return to England and it is rumoured that English Premiership club Sale Sharks will announce on Tuesday that he has signed for the Manchester club.

Cipriani however says that he is still undecided about the move, "I'm not too concerned about that. I've got a couple of weeks to decide," he said.

Focusing on the upcoming season Cipriani says he is looking forward to playing with new Rebels backline recruits James O'Connor and Kurtley Beale.

"They're young and they're learning all the time," Cipriani said. "If they can improve they'll be frightening."

Meanwhile there are reports in Australia that Cipriani, Beale and injured Wallaby and Reds star Quade Cooper were in a car crash on Friday night in Melbourne.

The reports say that the trio were heading back to the house that Cipriani shares with Rebels teammate Luke Jones when the car lost control and went over a shrub and into a parked car.

It is believed that no one was injured in the accident and Cooper is currently not playing rugby as he is still recovering from an injury sustained at the Rugby world cup.

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