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'Tell me what I am doing wrong': Cipriani

20/01/2011 11:41:35 PM Comments (0)

Melbourne Rebels recruit Danny Cipriani says he is frustrated by perceptions that he is not doing enough to fit in at the new Super rugby club.

The England playmaker only moved to Melbourne a few months ago and has already attracted plenty of headlines before the Rebels' opening Super match against the Waratahs at AAMI Park on February 18.

"People have been saying a lot of things about me, that I have been difficult and angry," he told The Sun.

"But that just isn't the case.

"It frustrates me only to the point where my mum hears about it, then she gets upset.

"I tell her that everything is just fine and it's sorted. It comes with the territory, I know that.

"But I wish someone would tell me what it is I am doing wrong.

"I have no problem with constructive criticism.

His comments followed reports that Melbourne Rebels assistant coach Mark Bakewell said the 23-year-old had "done a pretty good impersonation of the original Mr Angry since he arrived here".

Cipriani, who has played seven Tests for England, admitted to suffering from homesickness following the big move away from family and friends in his homeland.

"The first couple of weeks, I was loving every minute," he said.

"It was a totally new experience and then I guess the reality set in of being so far away from home, being away from friends and family, not being able to speak to them.

"It gets lonely sometimes.

"It was difficult. But I must say everyone at the Rebels has made the transition as smooth as possible.

"I am still happy with the decision I made. I'm feeling great and ready to go."

Cipriani, who has not played a Test since 2008 following a series of injuries, was a regular in the British tabloids during his high-profile relationship with publicity-magnet Kelly Brook.

He did not make the best of starts at his new club by arriving late for pre-season training because of visa issues.

Cipriani appeared to have effectively shut the door on his chances of playing in this year's World Cup by moving to the Rebels.

"I try not to think too much about not pulling on that (England) shirt again because it upsets me," he said.

"The plan is to eventually return home. But, first, I want to succeed here.

"I knew being so far away would make it difficult to play for England. But no matter where you are in the world, if you are the best in your position the chance will come.

"I am here to do the best job possible and learn enough so, when I do return, I can get back into the England side.

"The World Cup this year will always be in the back of my mind."

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