Mike Tindall believes Danny Cipriani should make England's World Cup squad (Image: GETTY)
Tindall, who won the tournament as part of England’s 2003 squad, believes Cipriani should be in Eddie Jones’ squad when the World Cup gets underway in Japan in September.
England head coach Jones will name an initial training squad later in the week but none of the stars who played in the Aviva Premiership play-offs are eligible for selection because of a mandatory rest period.
Among those players is Cipriani, who represented Gloucester in their 44-19 thrashing in the semi-final at the hands of eventual champions Saracens.
Despite this, Cipriani has had an outstanding first season since his move from Wasps with the 31-year-old picking up both the Premiership and Players’ Player of the Season awards.
Given his excellent domestic form, Tindall feels the fly-half deserves an England call-up despite Cipriani having not played for England since June 2018.
An immensely talented rugby player, Cipriani has endured a controversial career so far which has meant he only has 16 international caps to his name despite making his debut over a decade ago in 2008.
Just last year, Cipriani was omitted from England contention and subsequently fined £2000 in court after he pleading guilty to common assault and resisting arrest while on a pre-season tour in Jersey.
However, Tindall is adamant that Cipriani is worthy of an international recall despite his controversies.
“I don’t think there would be any player who wouldn’t want to see Danny in that squad, and ultimately on the plane, because sometimes things don’t go to plan,” Tindall said.
“Look at the 2015 World Cup, games where we could have done with a quick change-up through someone coming off the bench and playing completely differently.
“We didn’t have that option and did not last long.
“My feeling is that in a World Cup you need to be tooled for every possible scenario so, yes, Danny would be my third 10.”2003 World Cup winner Tindall thinks every England player would want Cipriani in the team (Image: GETTY)
Tindall was speaking at The Belfry to promote a charity World Cup dinner in London on November 21 which supports the foundations of former Rugby stars Doddie Weir and Matt Hampson and he believes that England will be among the tournament favourites.
“I think England go down there with possibly the best squad,” Tindall added.
“What they don’t go down there with is consistency of performance.
“They go down with a few doubts about their ability to change during games.”