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It’s under our control to improve – Care

07 August 2011

  • England scrum half Danny Care pinpoints areas where England can improve
  • Harlequins man delighted to start and lay down a marker for nine shirt
England scrum half Danny Care delivers a pass during the 2011 Investec International against Wales at Twickenham Stadium

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Scrum half Danny Care reviewed England’s performance in the Investec International victory over Wales at Twickenham Stadium and identified areas to improve which are under the control of Martin Johnson’s side.

England scored tries through No.8 James Haskell and debutant centre Manu Tuilagi – with fly half Jonny Wilkinson adding 13 points with the boot – and produced a strong defensive performance late on to secure the 23-19 win.

Care, 24, thinks the match met the objectives of a pre season encounter – with the increased edge and physicality of any England Wales clash – and said England can get better by cutting out errors and improving discipline.

He said: "At times we looked really good and at other times we let ourselves down with silly errors, a few dropped balls and our discipline in the second half wasn’t the best but it’s the first game and it was always going to be a bit rusty. But it’s great for us to get off to winning ways.

"I think a few boys will be sore tomorrow – a few cuts and bruises – but it was the type of game we needed. We needed a really physical game where things didn’t fully go our way but at the end of the day we got the win, which is brilliant."

England scrum half Danny Care (L) celebrates winning the Amilin Challenge Cup with Jordan Turner-Hall (C) and Ugo Monye

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Care has appeared in 30 of England's last 32 Tests and played off the bench in every game of this season’s RBS 6 Nations before ending the season in scintillating form for Harlequins, culminating with the thrilling Amlin Challenge Cup win over Stade Francais.

The former England age-group star says he was targeting the Wales game through pre season as an opportunity to set the standard for the number nine shirt, therein staking his claim to wear it at the Rugby World Cup this autumn.

He added: "I was very happy with my form at the end of the season and I was hoping to be in with a shout of starting. Obviously Youngsy [Ben Youngs] got an injury which helped my chances a bit more but this was always going to be a big game for me to get back in the nine shirt and hopefully play well enough to be in it for the rest of the tournament.

"I was happy with how I went, obviously a bit rusty but I think everybody was. It was great to get 60 minutes under my belt and hopefully I can push on now for the next game."

You can see the England players close up at the first open training session in a Test week at Twickenham Stadium on Tuesday, August 9. Watch Jonny Wilkinson chat about how special it is to meet the fans on RFU.com.