Danny Cipriani must oust George Ford and Owen Farrell to reignite his England career.
Eddie Jones omitted Cipriani from England's training camp squad and the Elite Player Squad (EPS) on Friday, then challenged the Wasps playmaker to raise his performance levels.
Cipriani won the last of his 14 England caps in August 2015 and has not featured at all under head coach Jones.
Now Australian boss Jones has admitted he does not consider the 28-year-old as a back-up squad option, after promoting Saracens' 23-year-old Alex Lozowski into his 45-man EPS.
"I had a number of difficult conversations yesterday," said Jones of informing a host of players they had been overlooked for selection.
"Danny knows what he's got to do.
"Look he's a talented player but I said it quite clearly to him. At the moment he's not one or two in England in terms of stand-offs.
"We see George (Ford) and Owen (Farrell) together as one and two. They are 23 and 24 years old, they are the heart of the England side.
"They can organise the team, they are tactically smart.
"So for Cipriani to get into the squad he's got to be able to show he can be number one."
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Chris Ashton has refused to give up hopes of an England recall, despite his latest lengthy suspension curtailing any slim chances of November Test action.
The Saracens wing was last week banned for 13 weeks by the Rugby Football Union for biting Northampton front-rower Alex Waller.
The 29-year-old continues to maintain his innocence, but admitted he will contest the matter no longer, instead focusing on fighting for a future in the Test arena.
Ashton won the last of his 39 caps in June 2014, and missed any opportunity for a Six Nations recall earlier this year due to a 10-week ban for making contact with the eye of Ulster centre Luke Marshall in January.
"My clear ambition is first to regain my place in the Saracens team and then to regain my place in the England side," said Ashton, who is free to play again on December 19.
"It may seem a long journey back from the despair of last week's judgement but I will do everything in my power to get back to where, in my heart, I feel I belong."
Ashton was hit with two charges of biting Waller in Saracens' 24-12 Aviva Premiership victory over Northampton on Saturday, September 17.
The former Northampton wing was found guilty of one of those two charges in an RFU hearing last Tuesday, with Saracens later opting not to appeal the ruling.
Centre Robbie Fruean has completed a deal to join Bath, reuniting with his former Canterbury Crusaders coaches Todd Blackadder and Tabai Matson.
The 28-year-old will move to the Aviva Premiership after his Mitre 10 Cup commitments with Hawke's Bay, with the competition culminating in late October.
The 2007 IRB world under-19 player of the year excelled in New Zealand's junior ranks, but was then blighted by both illness and injury.
Fruean rebuilt his career making more than 60 appearances for the Crusaders under Blackadder and Matson's tutelage, and now the trio will link back up again at the Recreation Ground.
"We are really excited that Robbie has agreed to join us here at Bath," said Bath rugby director Blackadder.
"Tabai (Matson, Bath head coach) and I know him very well from his time at the Crusaders, and he is the kind of player we know will fit right in with the squad we have here, both on and off the field."
The Mitre 10 Cup final will be held on October 28, suggesting the latest Fruean could arrive at Bath would be early November.
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Saracens winger Chris Ashton has been charged with two acts of biting by the Rugby Football Union and will appear before a disciplinary panel on Tuesday.
The 29-year-old, capped 39 times by England, is alleged to have bitten Northampton prop Alex Waller during Saturday's 27-12 Aviva Premiership victory.
The two incidents occurred in the 24th and 25th minute of the clash at Allianz Park with Ashton's mouth appearing to make contact with Waller's hand during a tangle on the floor.
New Zealand all but secured the Rugby Championship crown as they dominated the second half on their way to a comfortable 41-13 victory over South Africa in Christchurch.
The All Blacks made it four wins out of four as they outscored the Springboks 26-3 after the break, and will now win the tournament barring a bonus-point victory for Argentina against Australia later on Saturday.
Aviva Premiership club Newcastle have agreed a permanent contract to sign former England Saxons centre Dominic Waldouck.
Waldouck, 28, spent most of the summer playing for Ohio Aviators in the United States' inaugural Pro Rugby competition, before moving to Newcastle on an initial one-month trial.
But Newcastle announced that Waldouck, who previously played for Wasps, Northampton and London Irish, will now be with them on a permanent basis.
"Dom has shown up well, and we are delighted to have been able to bring him on board full-time," Newcastle rugby director Dean Richards said.
"He is a quality player, he knows this league very well and we look forward to working with him on a permanent basis."
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Former England coach Stuart Lancaster has joined Leinster as a member of their senior coaching team, the Irish provincial side have announced.
The 46-year-old, who stepped down as England boss last November in the wake of the team's dismal World Cup showing, has joined the three-time European Cup winners on a contract that starts immediately and lasts until the end of the season.
Leinster turned to Lancaster after defence coach Kurt McQuilkin left the province's coaching staff this summer to return to New Zealand for family reasons.
Leinster head coach Leo Cullen told leinsterrugby.ie: "Stuart brings a wealth of experience and is a highly respected figure in world rugby. We are all looking forward to having Stuart join our team and together helping the players maximise their potential as a group."