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Twickenham Open Training still on

08 August 2011

  • Care looking forward to meeting England Rugby fans
  • Entrance is free and Twickenham gates open at 2pm
Danny Care

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England scrum half and proud Yorkshireman Danny Care has said that he’s looking forward to meeting the fans and signing a few autographs ahead of the open training session to be held at Twickenham on Tuesday, August 9.

The diminutive No.9, who won his 31st cap for England against Wales last weekend, has said the first autograph he ever got was that of former England cricket legend Darren Gough.

"Goughie was the first one I ever got," he said. "It’s strange to think, but for some of the kids we’re their idols and it’s great to be able to chat with them. Although they're a little bit too keen to tell me that they’re taller than me! It’s all good fun though, and I’ve got a short name so don’t get a sore hand from lots of signing!"

The Harlequins man added: "It is always great to have the fans come down to open training and fantastic for us to be able to meet them afterwards.  These are the people that support us every week at both Club and International games.

Danny Care

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"The sessions are a chance for us to show them what we do.  It’ll be a good one on August 9 because it is also a Test week. The training will be physical and I am sure the coaches will ramp it up as much as they can.  I hope as many people as possible can make it down."

Receiving your first autograph is a moment to remember and some of England’s Rugby World Cup training squad have revealed who their first signatures were from, ahead the session.

  • Ben Foden – Lightning (from Gladiators)
  • Chris Ashton – Gary Connelly (Wigan Rugby League)
  • James Haskell – Joe Worsley (Wasps and England)
  • Danny Care – Darren Gough (Yorkshire and England Cricketer)
  • Delon Armitage – Jeremy Guscott (Bath and England)
  • Steve Thompson –  Wayne ‘Buck’ Shelford (All Blacks No. 8)
  • Jonny Wilkinson - Chris Barry (Red Dwarf)

Entrance is free and Twickenham’s gates open at 2pm. The training session will run from 4.30pm – 5.50pm before supporters have the opportunity to go pitch-side and meet the players.