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Cipriani dropped for All Blacks match

Danny Cipriani has been sensationally dropped from the England team to face the All Blacks on Saturday at Twickenham. The Wasps' fly-half will be replaced in the No.10 shirt by Leicester's Toby Flood.

England manager Martin Johnson wielded the axe following his team's record 42-6 defeat last Saturday. The two other changes see flanker Michael Lipman replace Tom Rees and Nick Kennedy coming in for Tom Palmer.

Cipriani had been hyped up as the saviour of English rugby, and while he is undoubtedly talented, his performances in the Autumn internationals have been disappointing and Flood deserves a chance to stake a claim to the No.10 shirt.

England team to play the All Blacks: D Armitage (London Irish); P Sackey (Wasps), J Noon (Newcastle), R Flutey (Wasps), U Monye (Harlequins); T Flood (Leicester), D Care (Harlequins); T Payne (Wasps), L Mears (Bath), P Vickery (Wasps), S Borthwick (Saracens, capt), N Kennedy (London Irish), J Haskell (Wasps), M Lipman (Bath), N Easter (Harlequins). Replacements: D Hartley (Northampton), M Stevens (Bath), T Croft (Leicester), T Rees (Wasps), H Ellis (Leicester), D Cipriani (Wasps), D Hipkiss (Leicester).

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