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Gloucester were beaten by eventual Premiership champions Saracens in the semi-finals

Gloucester were beaten by eventual Premiership champions Saracens in the semi-finals

Gloucester were beaten by eventual Premiership champions Saracens in the semi-finals

Scrum-half Willi Heinz has credited Gloucester teammate Danny Cipriani for helping him to stand out after his inclusion in England’s squad for the World Cup.

New Zealand-born Heinz will travel to Japan next month as part of Eddie Jones’ 31-player squad, which saw an injection of new blood, while half-back partner Cipriani missed out.

Heinz, who will provide cover to first choice Ben Youngs, only made his Test debut in Sunday’s World Cup warm-up victory against Wales and has highlighted the influence of the Premiership player of the season.

“The detail and the confidence he brought to our attack led to us standing out a bit more”

Willi Heinz on Danny Cipriani

“I think the quality that Danny brought to Gloucester obviously helped all of us,” Heinz said.

“There were a number of guys who had really good seasons at Gloucester and probably the detail and the confidence he brought to our attack led to us standing out a bit more.

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“Danny really helped my game and put a lot of pressure on me to deliver good ball for the team.

“He’s a really good thinker of the game and understands what it takes to perform at the highest level.”

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Eddie Jones says considering a player’s character was equally as important as assessing their talent when he was naming his Rugby World Cup squad.

Eddie Jones says considering a player’s character was equally as important as assessing their talent when he was naming his Rugby World Cup squad.

Jones has only named two scrum-halves in the travelling party, while Leicester fly-half George Ford, who captained England at Twickenham on the weekend, is ready to embrace.

“I will be confident to play there if needed. I hope Owen Farrell is demanding outside me – I’ll give him the ball!” Ford said.

“Under Eddie’s regime I have trained there quite a bit to be honest, probably without me knowing it too much to be fair.

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“There have been fallow weeks in the Six Nations where I have spent all week training at nine.

“And quite a lot sometimes to the point that I have thought, ‘am I being transformed into a scrum-half here?’.

“Game-wise it has only arisen a couple of times if there has been a yellow card or something.

“Based on the training I have done I have really enjoyed it. You are right in the thick of it, and have to be very fit to keep up with play.”

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