By Ali Stokes
In an interview with Sky Sports News, England Head Coach Eddie Jones has cleared any doubt over the eligibility of two of the nations most polarising players, Gloucester's Danny Cipriani and Sale Sharks wing Chris Ashton.
Cipriani, 31, has never been far from headlines during his storied career, the latest of which included an arrest outside a Jersey nightclub while on a team social with his new club last month.
However, despite previously declaring that Cipriani would find himself dropped from the national side following any headlines containing anything other than his rugby, Jones will not exclude the former Sale, Melbourne Rebels and Wasps from his squad.
"We had a good chat with Danny and the club about it," Jones said.
"Possibly what was reported wasn't the case. It'll be about what he does on the field going forward.
"Has he received a final warning? Not really. Like any player, you need to be disciplined and committed to doing the right things, and the time between training sessions is important."
The Australian also commented on the on-field matters he has asked Cipriani to develop after handing the attacking maestro his first Test start in 10 years against South Africa in June.
"We know he's good when the ball is going forward, that's not in debate," said Jones.
Ashton, who arrived at Sale Sharks from French giants Toulon this off-season, was handed a seven-week ban for a tip tackle on Castres scrum-half Rory Kockott during a pre-season fixture, ruling him out of playing any rugby before Jones announces his squad for the 2018 November Internationals.
While Ashton may not be able to impress Jones in the Premiership or Europe, Jones insists he is keeping a close eye on the former Rugby League man, commending the 39-times capped wing for his impressive attitude.
"We're looking at what he's doing in training," said Jones. "We sent one of our staff up there for the last couple of days to work with him. We'll just wait and see.
"He's outstanding, has a great attitude, wants to get better, works hard, is a good character. He couldn't have done any more to impress us."
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