Danny Cipriani’s absence from Gloucester’s squad against former club Wasps has been explained by his head coach George Skivington.
The maverick fly-half was a notable omission from the teamsheet released on Friday as the Cherry and Whites opted to start Lloyd Evans in the Gallagher Premiership round two encounter.
Evans rose to the occasion as Gloucester secured a 40-24 victory to get their 2020/21 season up and running after the opening round loss to Leicester Tigers.
“Danny was one of a number of players who couldn’t train on Monday or Tuesday.” said Skivington. “So we decided after what happened last week that basically we needed the full team training together for a week.
“Lewis Ludlow was part of that as well, and he was really frustrated to be left out because he could’ve played. It’s just a decision I made, they couldn’t train on Monday and Tuesday, I thought it was best to be involved in the team and stay together all week so that was the reasons behind my selection.
“Lloyd did a great job, he organised well, he had a couple of nice moments himself and he is a player who is really thriving under the guidance of Alex King.”
It was the second match running between Gloucester and Wasps in which Cipriani has not featured. Back in March he was named among the substitutes by former head coach Johan Ackermann and remained there throughout the 80 minutes as Wasps claimed a 39-22 Ricoh Arena victory.
Cipriani, who spent six seasons at Wasps across two spells, was ruled out of that match due to a sore calf. Ackermann left Gloucester two months later and was replaced by another former Wasp in Skivington.