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England snub Cipriani again

ENGLAND manager Martin Johnson last night defended his latest snub to Danny Cipriani, after omitting the Wasps fly-half from the squad for the upcoming Tests against Argentina.<br /><br />Cipriani has been left out in favour of the uncapped but in-form Sam Vesty &ndash; one of six untried players in a 34-man squad depleted by injury and British Lions absentees.<br /><br />Fresh blood also comes in the form of Newcastle pair David Wilson and Tom May, Harlequins duo Jordan Turner-Hall and Chris Robshaw, and Gloucester&rsquo;s Nick Wood.<br /><br />Experience, meanwhile, is provided by World Cup winning hooker Steve Thompson, who wins a recall that could bring his first cap for three years, and the fit-again Lewis Moody.<br /><br />Cipriani&rsquo;s absence remains the biggest talking point, however, despite signs of a return to form late in the season. Johnson also shunned Cipriani at the Six Nations, following a lengthy injury absence, but insisted the 21-year-old&rsquo;s latest omission was based purely on form.<br /><br />&ldquo;We think Sam Vesty has been playing very well and deserves his place,&rdquo; said Johnson. &ldquo;It is not that Danny doesn&rsquo;t, but someone has beaten him to the spot. It is a very competitive area and we made the call after thinking about who was right for this trip.&rdquo;<br /><br />England face the Barbarians at Twickenham on 30 May, Argentina at Old Trafford on 6 June and the Pumas on their home turf in Salta a week later. Cipriani is part of the 26-man Saxons squad set to defend their Churchill Cup title in Colorado, America.<br /><br />Meanwhile, Johnson says injured No10 Jonny Wilkinson&rsquo;s move to Toulon will not damage his England prospects, adding: &ldquo;Jonny in his best form is a very serious England candidate.&rdquo;