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Last Updated: Tuesday November 25 2008 14:16 GMT

Cipriani dropped for England game

Danny Cipriani

England's latest rugby star Danny Cipriani has been dropped for the team's next game with New Zealand.

The fly-half took a lot of the blame for England's record defeat to South Africa on Saturday, and has paid the price with his spot in the team.

He will now start Saturday's match with the All Blacks on the bench, with Toby Flood stepping into the team.

Team manager Martin Johnson has made two other changes to the starting team, both in the forwards.

Lock Nick Kennedy comes back into the team instead of Tom Palmer, and flanker Michael Lipman will play instead of Tom Rees.

Danny Cipriani
South Africa scored a try when Cipriani's kick was charged down
In both of England's past two games Cipriani has given away a try after having a kick blocked by the opposition, and against South Africa his passing was poor at times as well.

But Cipriani is only 21 years old, and the match with South Africa was only his sixth match for his country.

Having lost 42-6 to South Africa, England will be hoping for a much improved performance against New Zealand, although they are arguably an even better team than South Africa.

Wales in action too

England aren't the only one of the home nation teams in action this weekend - Wales will be hoping for a victory themselves when they take on Australia at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff.

Their coach Warren Gatland has made two changes to the team that were beaten 29-9 by New Zealand.

Winger Leigh Halfpenny has been given a rest and has been replaced by Mark Jones. Ian Gough wins a spot at lock after Ian Jones picked up a knee injury that will stop him playing for more than six months.