England's Cipriani in for Boks rugby tour

Mitch Phillips
After three years out, Danny Cipriani is back in England's rugby squad for their South African tour

Danny Cipriani has been recalled to the England squad for next month's three-Test tour of South Africa, three years after his last appearance.

Coach Eddie Jones on Thursday revealed his squad with seven new players, including Kiwi-based back-rower Brad Shields after his release by New Zealand Rugby.

Ben Earl, Jonny Hill, Dan Robson, Jack Willis, Ben Spencer and 18-year-old Cameron Redpath all have call-ups amid multiple absentees.

Cipriani is the headline name, forcing his way back in after a great season for Wasps.

He won his first cap in 2008 but only 14 since then, with his last start also coming 10 years ago.

England coaches have repeatedly shunned him, deterred by his reputation for individualism, but Jones has given him a final lifeline.

Talented but also too often disruptive, the 30-year-old Cipriani is leaving Wasps at the end of the season and is without a club.

He will travel as third choice flyhalf behind George Ford and Owen Farrell, who captains the squad in the absence of injured Dylan Hartley, although Cipriani can also play fullback.

Billy Vunipola is recalled after recovering from injury, last playing for England in the 2017 Six Nations, along with Mark Wilson.

Danny Care, Dan Cole, James Haskell and Richard Wigglesworth have been rested for the tour.

Jones also confirmed Australian Scott Wisemantel would join the coaching staff for the tour as an attack consultant.

England, after three-successive Six Nations defeats, will play South Africa in Johannesburg (June 9), Bloemfontein (June 16) and Cape Town (June 23).

"Our tour to South Africa will be the most exciting challenge for us as a group since 2016," Jones said.

"We have an opportunity to create some history next month and win the Test series, something no England side has done before.

"We will need to be physically aggressive and tactically smart against the Springboks who we know will be combative and reinvigorated by their new coaching set-up."

ENGLAND SQUAD:

Backs: Mike Brown, Elliot Daly, Nathan Earle, Jonny May, Denny Solomona, Danny Cipriani, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Alex Lozowski, Cameron Redpath, Dan Robson, Henry Slade, Ben Spencer, Ben Te'o, Ben Youngs

Forwards: Tom Curry, Ben Earl, Jonny Hill, Nick Isiekwe, Maro Itoje, Joe Launchbury, Chris Robshaw, Brad Shields, Sam Simmonds, Billy Vunipola, Jack Willis, Mark Wilson, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, Mako Vunipola, Harry Williams.