Richard Brown (RB): Last season was pretty hit and miss, both results and performances. What do you think would constitute a good season this time round and what do you think is a realistic target for the team?
Danny Cipriani (DC): The way we ended the season was great and something we need to work on is getting that consistency. From January to the end of the season we got a lot of consistency in terms of our performance and our results so that's what we're going to be striving for and it's what we've worked towards in this pre-season , to continue that momentum and take it into this season coming.
RB: What are you hoping for on a more personal level from this season. Are you still hopeful of forcing your way into Stuart Lancaster's plans for England?
DC: I think that's in everyone's dreams and goals when they were a young English player but for me it's just about making sure that Sale thrive and that we do Manchester proud and do this club proud because it has been such a strong rugby club for so many years and I think it's really time for us to get back on the map.
RB: Another relatively big turnover of players in the off season. How have the new boys settled into the squad and what's the general mood around the camp like?
DC: Yeah it's been good. The boys have settled in really well and there's been a few guys from London Welsh who have come in and they have their own vibe and they're a good bunch of lads. We've done a few things this pre-season to get some team building going and it has really helped and worked and I think everyone is looking forward to the start of the season now.
RB: With two pre-season games gone and another to come on Friday, how do you think your game is looking and how is everything clicking with the backs?
DC: Everything is going well. We've had a lot more consistency in training, we've been a lot more successful in our team runs and in terms of our strike plays and we've been playing well. Especially against Leeds, we scored some good tries at the weekend and put some things from training into practice and it was good to see, so now we're just looking forward to being able to do that on a Premiership stage.
RB: The club have recruited pretty heavily in the forwards so far in the off season. How big a bonus is it for you as a fly-half to have forwards giving you good front foot ball to work with?
DC: It's everything. It's the most important thing as a 10 that you're going on the front foot and moving forward and the way that we've recruited this year has been very wise in terms of setting things up so we can improve that area because when we're on form we're definitely hot but it's just making sure we get that consistency and we're doing it every game and when that happens our backs to tend to thrive.
RB: For the first time in a little while, the club now has three specialist fly-halves in yourself, Nick Macleod and Joe Ford. Are you the kind of player that enjoys the competition and how confident are you of nailing down a place in the starting XV?
DC: I'm looking forward to getting out there and playing. We've had a couple of pre-season games and it's gone well so I've been happy with my performance as something that I can work on and build on. It's good to have three fly halves around because you can all learn and bounce off each other, but it's important that you have those individual goals of trying to make sure you're number one.
RB: Finally, a friend of mine mentioned that you've been doing some work with Cancer Research and I was just wondering if you could tell us a bit more about your role?
DC: Yeah I've been doing a project to do with 'walking all over cancer' it's to do with a night time walk that they're doing and it's basically to keep raising awareness and get people to tell their stories and explain what they've been through. It's important that we keep helping. We've made massive gains in solving cancer and helping but there's still more that we can do.
RB: Thanks a lot for your time and good luck for the new season.