Cipriani gets warned by Eddie Jones

Mitch Phillips

Eddie Jones says in-form Danny Cipriani deserves his selection on England's rugby tour of South Africa, but the coach has warned the flyhalf could be on the first plane home if his famed "attitude" rears its ugly head.

Jones has selected Cipriani in a full squad for the first time during his two-and-a-half-year tenure after watching him in England's domestic rugby competition.

He is aware, but not concerned, about all the other aspects of his lifestyle and character that have restricted him to 14 caps and only four starts in the 10 years since his England debut.

"Purely from a rugby point of view I'm convinced there is something he can offer because he's made changes to his game, and his character will come through," Jones said.

"If he's a good character he could be in the team for a long time. If he's a bad character, there's always a plane back from Johannesburg.

"But that's the same for every player. We look at not only how they play rugby but how they fit into a team."

Cipriani is famed for his fallouts with team mates and coaches, and Jones suggested that the 30-year-old might be better holding his tongue.

"As long as they are good questions ... if they are terrible questions then it's not a good idea," said the Australian.

"The baggage doesn't worry me. It's how he behaves in front of me. I can't control what he's done in the past. All I can do is control what he does in the future.

"So for me it's how he comes in, how he reacts and how he communicates with other players, how he responds to coaching, how he's able to understand how we want to play and fit in to that mould."