- Danny Care hopes to continue try scoring form in England shirt
- I feel like I’m back to the best form I’ve ever had says Quins No.9
Danny Care is revelling in a glut of tries and is eager to show Stuart Lancaster that, in addition to being danger to the opposition scoreboard, he is the man to marshal England’s pack through the QBE Internationals this autumn.
The Harlequins scrum half has scored five tries in his last five games, including a first ever brace against Connacht in the Heineken Cup, and feels he is playing the best rugby of his career.
The England squad reassemble at Pennyhill Park today to prepare for the opening fixture against Fiji on November 10 and Care is hoping to get the nod from the England Head Coach.
“I’ve scored a few lucky ones recently but I’ll take a try any way it comes,” said the 25-year-old. “ It’s great to score a try, like in football scoring a goal is the best feeling, there’s no better feeling than scoring a try.
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“I’m enjoying it every week for Quins – even in the defeats, I’m loving playing rugby. I feel like I’m playing well and back to the best form I’ve ever had. A lot of credit must go to the forwards at Quins because when they play well it makes my life a lot easier and they’ve been outstanding.
“When we dominate physically I can get quick ball and any scrum half will tell you it’s so much easier with quick ball as it puts you on the front foot all the time. The way we play is with quick tempo and it suits my game perfectly.”
Care was not considered for selection for England’s 2012 RBS 6 Nations campaign after an arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol on New Year’s Day.
But he returned for the summer tour to South Africa and forced his way in the Test team for the final match against the Springboks in Port Elizabeth, grabbing England’s only try in the creditable 14-14 draw.
Care believes his time away from the England set-up allowed him to refocus on what he treasured about the sport and that introspection was the catalyst for the rugby he is now producing.
He said: “Towards the end of last season I got the hunger for the game back and just was loving playing rugby. Winning the Premiership was massive for me personally but as a team and as a club Harlequins deserved to win that title.
“The fans have been coming for years and searching for that title and that gave me the determination to play better, win more and more for Quins and obviously play as well as I can for England.”
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Another person for whom the 2012 Aviva Premiership title was a seminal moment was Harlequins skipper Chris Robshaw, who has been re-appointed as England’s captain for the QBE Internationals.
Care has been teammates and friends with Robshaw for eight years and says, as someone who trains and plays as though it could be his final match, he is absolutely the right person for the job.
He added: “I’ve known Chris for eight years now and he’s a great lad and a fantastic rugby player. He depicts everything it is to be an England player, he’s a very proud, determined man, I’ve never seen anyone work as hard on his game as he does, both on and off the pitch. He’s the right choice for the job and everyone will get behind him.
“He’s a lead by example kind of bloke and for me that’s the best type of captain. When he says something, you listen, and he puts his heart and soul into every training session, every game he plays. You can see by his eye, one of his own teammates has kicked him in the face and he still wanted to play on.”