PA Sport - Fri, 12 Feb 15:07:00 2010
Will Carling has scrapped plans to manage Danny Cipriani because he believes the Wasps fly-half is not passionate enough about playing for England.
Carling, who captained England to three Grand Slams during the 1990s, wanted to help Cipriani get his international career "back on track".
But, after spending the last six weeks talking to Cipriani, Carling has concluded the 22-year-old's desire to reclaim the England number 10 jersey "is not as strong as it needs to be".
Carling wrote on his blog at Rucku.com: "The reason the whole concept appealed to me was that I believed here was a guy with a special talent, who desperately wanted to play for England, and maybe I could help him work things through with Wasps and England, as I know the key personnel in both camps.
"I have spent the last six weeks trying to focus Danny and, without laying the blame at anyone's door, the main reason that I have decided not to go ahead is that I do not believe that Danny's focus is on playing for England.
"That and that alone was my main motivation for getting involved with him. It is not about money and certainly not about profile, it was about helping him earn the England number 10 shirt.
"And, rightly or wrongly, I have concluded that his desire to earn that shirt is not as strong as I want it to be and as strong as it needs to be."
Cipriani was recently the subject of speculation regarding a contract with Melbourne Rebels, the new franchise that will be added to the Super 14 next season.
Reports that Cipriani would be making a move to Australia led to England manager Martin Johnson saying it would put in doubt any chance of a recall to the senior England team.