Jones gives hope to Cipriani, Hartley and Tuilagi


England coach Eddie Jones has reassured the likes of Danny Cipriani and Dylan Hartley they will be given their chance at international level if they prove their worth.

Cipriani, Hartley and Manu Tuilagi were frozen out during Stuart Lancaster's reign after misdemeanours on and off the field, the latter serving a nine-month ban for assaulting a police officer.

Tuilagi felt he had been treated harshly by the England hierarchy after being omitted from international selection until January 2016, while Cipriani - who is facing a drink-driving charge - was overlooked for the Rugby World Cup after a reported altercation with England attack coach Mike Catt.

However, Jones says everyone will start with a clean slate now he has replaced Lancaster on a four-year deal.

"I can't judge them on what they've done before," said the new England coach. "I've got to look at the players and say: Right, can you help this team win?

"If they can help this team win and they buy into the team values then -- you can always have guys that come outside a little bit. But you can't have too many of them. If they're a little bit outside of team culture then they've got to be worth having in the team.

"I am not worried about what's happened in the past, all I'm worried about is what's going to happen in the future. 

"If Cipriani's good enough to be in the 30, he'll be in the 30. If he's not good enough, he won't be in the 30, it'll have nothing to do with what he's done in the past."