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Care supports Play On

22 December 2009

  • Danny Care backs RFU Play On scheme
  • England star pinpoints network of O2 Pathfinders

England and Harlequins star Danny Care, who is backing the RFU Play On scheme to retain players in the sport

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England and Harlequins star Danny Care has praised the impact of the Play On campaign and backed the network of O2 Pathfinders to help keep players connected in the game this season.

Care, who was instrumental in the launch of the Play campaign in 2007 – the largest ever recruitment campaign ever undertaken in sport – has thrown his support behind the RFU's initiative to keep players involved with rugby.

He has now backed the personal touch of the 1,400 O2 Pathfinders around the country to keep players who are leaving school, joining university or starting a new job connected with the game.

"I was involved in the Play campaign at the outset and to me Play On is equally as significant,” the livewire scrum half told

"It is about keeping players locked into the game by helping them find new clubs. If it wasn't for the efforts of O2 Pathfinders some of these players – players who are deeply involved in the game – are at risk of being lost and that would be a tragic waste.

"I know from my own experience that personal contact is vital and that is what O2 Pathfinders provide – a clear connection for players into new clubs.

"We know the Pathfinder network is up and running and they are doing a great job. I would urge them to get all the players who will soon be leaving them to fill in a player retention form and return it to the RFU.

"It is a totaliser affect – every little bit helps and they keep rugby players of all abilities and ages in the sport. There is nothing but positives about the campaign and everyone wants to see it work."