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Danny Cipriani exclusive: 'I haven't watched the World Cup' - Star fly-half reveals he is no longer thinking about England recall as he targets success with Gloucester

BTSport.com sits down for a fascinating interview with fly-half Danny Cipriani to talk Gloucester, England and his ambitions for the 2019/20 Gallagher Premiership season.

Danny Cipriani has thrown the prospect of resurrecting his international career into doubt by revealing he is no longer thinking about earning an England recall. 

The 31-year-old fly-half was left out of Eddie Jones' World Cup squad despite steering England to victory over South Africa in Cape Town on his last appearance for the national team 15 months ago.

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Cipriani, who has started only five Tests since making his international debut 11 years ago, was involved in just two weeks of England's lengthy pre-World Cup camp as Jones opted to select just two fly-halves with Owen Farrell and George Ford.

On the eve of England's crunch semi-final with New Zealand, the Cherry and Whites' fly-half insists he is firmly focussed on club matters.

Asked if he found it dfficult to watch England's quest for a second World Cup crown from afar, he said: "It's not bitter sweet because I've not been watching it. 

"I watched bits on Saturday morning because we were in the hotel for the away game so I was preparing for the game.

"If I get to a television this weekend I might be able to watch it but we'll be preparing for a game again so that's what my focus will be on."

Cipriani's latest England snub came after winning the Premiership Player of the Year award.

With the the new Gallagher Premiership season in full swing, the ex-Wasps man revealed his number one priority is building on last season's success as Gloucester look to go one better after losing out to Saracens in the semi-finals. 

"In previous years you're playing with a view of how you're performing for the head coach because my aspiration was to play for England," he continued.

"But now that's not in the back of my mind I can have more of a freedom with what I'm doing and hopefully I can help produce some exciting play for Gloucester and create some more highlights. 

"For me, all my focus and drive is going into playing well for Gloucester because they're the ones who have shown faith in me and I'm excited to try and repay them this season."   

"It's dependent on the coach," he added, after being pressed on whether he was suggesting international career was over. 

"I've not had the best luck with the choice of the three previous head coaches!"

"Throughout this whole time it's nothing bad on the coaches because it's driven me to improve my performance and work out how I can get better.

"It's given me drive and kept me playing for the last five, six, seven years.

"There's no frustration... I thank them because it's kept me going.

"I didn't have a bad year last year and whatever motivated me to do that I need to find another way to do it again this year."

Gloucester got their league campaign off to a winning start with a come-from-behind victory away at Sale Sharks on Saturday. 

Starting against his former side, Cipriani helped guide the Cherry and Whites to an opening-day win as the visitors scored two tries in seven second-half minutes to seal a 18-16 triumph.

The Sharks lost just three league games at the AJ Bell Stadium last season and Cipriani is hopeful the impressive opening-day scalp can be the perfect springboard to success this year.

"We've got to be even more diligent in executing the finer details," he said.

"We've got to get a complete feel as a squad for what we're trying to do on the pitch and make sure everyone buys into the way we're going. 

"The game against Sale was tough. They're going to beat a lot of teams home and away this year.

"They've got a really strong team but we came through that test and there's a sense of a real buy-in which felt special."

Gloucester welcome Wasps to Kingsholm on Saturday afternoon in a match that is sure to have personal significance for Cipriani, who came through the club's academy before making his debut in 2004, aged 17.

Before then there is the little matter of England vs New Zealand, with a place in the World Cup final at stake. 

In 2014, Cipriani came of the bench to make his first England appearance in six years in a 20-15 defeat to New Zealand in Auckland.

Five years on the mercurial fly-half is expecting another close encounter.

"They're very well coached and they know how to flip between structured and unstructured," he said.

"It will be an explosive affair on Saturday."

Danny Cipriani takes on his boyhood club live on BT Sport 2 and BT Sport Ultimate this Saturday as Gloucester welcome Wasps to Kingsholm. If you're not already a subscriber, click here find out how we can get you set up in just 15 minutes.

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