26 Nov 2008

Cipriani dropped to bench for ABs game

6:23 am on 26 November 2008

The glamour boy of English rugby, first five Danny Cipriani has been dropped to the bench for this weekend's match against the All Blacks at Twickenham.

Leicester's Toby Flood, better known as a midfield back, replaces Cipriani who was widely criticised for his performance against South Africa last weekend.

But despite that humiliating 42-6 loss, manager Martin Johnson has made few changes to his starting lineup. The new lock Nick Kennedy returns for the injured Tom Palmer, and Michael Lipman replaces Tom Rees at openside flanker.

New Zealander Riki Flutey has been passed fit to start at second five, but prop Andrew Sheridan is still out with a neck injury.