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Last Updated: Tuesday March 11 2008 16:34 GMT

Jonny booted out of rugby squad

Jonny Wilkinson

Rugby star Jonny Wilkinson has been dropped from the England squad ahead of their Six Nations clash with Ireland.

The fly-half who kicked England to World Cup glory in 2003 is being replaced by the Wasps' Danny Cipriani.

It's thought he's paying the price for a poor performance against Scotland on Saturday, despite setting a record for the most points scored in Test rugby.

Wilkinson has only ever been dropped from the England side once before and that was nine years ago.

Danny Cipriani
Danny Cipriani
His move to the bench for Saturday's match is the only change to the side which started against Scotland and was beaten 15-9.

Cipriani was originally picked to play in that match too, but he was dropped 48 hours before kick-off after being photographed leaving a club late at night.

Now the 20-year-old will be making his first start for his country.



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