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Danny Care

Danny Care

Key Facts

SquadHarlequins
PositionScrum half
Age27
Height1.74m (5'9")
Weight85kg (13st 5lb)
Caps48

Profile

A typically quick-witted try from Danny Care in the final minute crowned England’s 38-18 win over Scotland in the Calcutta Cup match at Twickenham in February last year. After playing in 32 of England's 34 Tests up to the RWC 2011, Danny missed the tournament through a toe injury and he was also absent from the 2012 RBS 6 Nations Championship squad.

He marked his return to an England jersey with a try for the midweek team in the 54-26 win over the South African Barbarians South at Kimberley in June 2012 and then scored his fourth Test try and won the man of the match award against South Africa at Port Elizabeth when returning to Test level after a ten-month absence. His senior status developed from multiple national honours at age group levels, including the captaincy of the U20 side in all five of their 2007 Six Nations Championship games.

He also represented England U16, U18 and U19 before appearing for the England Sevens side that won a silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne. His previous Sevens experience was with England U19 at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Australia two years earlier.

Danny was originally a contemporary of England squad mate Jordan Crane at Leeds Carnegie after learning the game at Prince Henry's Grammar School in Otley. He appeared for the market town club before joining Carnegie in 2003, having first played for West Park Bramhope minis and been a member of the Sheffield Wednesday Football Academy.

He became part of the Carnegie Colts team that won the National Cup in 2004 and went on to understudy Justin Marshall, the legendary All Blacks scrum half, at Headingley. His first team debut against VRAC in the European Challenge Cup was on a day of mixed emotions because after scoring 11 points he sustained a broken ankle.

A try in the pre-season friendly against Bourgoin in August 2006 marked his arrival at Harlequins where his pace and invention were quickly appreciated. By the end of last season, he had made 163 appearances for the club, scoring 46 tries, one conversion and six dropped goals amounting to 250 points. In August last year, he signed an extended contract until the summer of 2016.

His Test breakthrough was during England’s summer tour of New Zealand in 2008 when he played off the bench for Richard Wigglesworth in Auckland and then scored a try from his own tapped penalty after starting the second Test in Christchurch. He began every RBS 6 Nations Championship match in 2010 and toured Australasia that June. Danny won his 40th cap against Italy at Twickenham in March last year before being rested for England’s summer tour of South America.

Pouncing for an opportunist try from a tapped penalty against Wales at Twickenham last March meant he had scored in all of the first four RBS 6 Nations Championship matches in 2014. He ran in one against Ireland the previous month after dropping his third goal in Tests against Scotland at Murrayfield, a week after his second against France at Stade de France. His first had been against Scotland at Twickenham in 2009.

International Record

44 points – 7T, 3DG

2008 NZ(1R,2), PI, A, SA, NZ 2009 I(R), F(R), S(R), Arg (1,2), A, Arg(R), NZ(R) 2010 W, It, I, S, F, A(1,2R), NZ(R), A(R), Sam(R), SA(R) 2011 W(R), It(R), F(R), S(R), I(R), W, W(R) 2012 SA (3), Fj, A, SA(R), NZ(R) 2013 S(R), F(R), It, W(R), Arg(R) 2014 F, S, I, W, It, NZ(2)

Last updated: June 17, 2014

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