"I saw Joe during the Barbarians week and he indicated that he had a desire to come back," England coach Eddie Jones said. "We have since had a couple of chats and we have given him the opportunity to do that. Now it is up to him to show us what he has got."
Cipriani won the English Premiership player of the year as well as the players' player of the year awards in an impressive first campaign with Gloucester. Now the 31-year-old has the chance to push for a final World Cup place.
Willi Heinz won the battle for inclusion at scrumhalf, with Ben Spencer also included but Dan Robson missing out. The continued absence of Dylan Hartley because of knee injuries leaves the former captain unlikely to make the World Cup in Japan starting September.
"We have looked at the squad carefully, tried to build up a squad that has enough experience, attitude and energy to be winners and I think we have that," Jones said. "In the process, we have left out some players who can feel unlucky. For those guys who have missed out, the door is never closed but they have just got to be ready, as you never know when the opportunity comes."
England must submit its final 31-man World Cup squad on Sept. 2. The team's first game is against Tonga in Sapporo on Sept. 22.
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