The awe with which the London rugby union press regards Danny Cipriani has long puzzled me.
Today's example comes from Richard Williams in the Guardian:
The perception here is that Cipriani has what it would take to bring Twickenham to its feet next month, particularly in a squad that looks not so much undercooked as still in the freezer. Now he won’t get the chance.
No head coach has made a more soul-deadening decision since Clive Woodward kept Gavin Henson out of his Lions side for the first Test in New Zealand a decade ago.England do have a tendency to select prosaic rather than poetic fly halves - Rob Andrew rather than Stuart Barnes. Jonny Wilkinson was a formidable player, but if you wanted someone to launch your backs then Charlie Hodgson was a better bet.
But it is not that Cipriani has not been tried. As this video shows, he was tried and found wanting at international level.