Care holds 87 England caps to his name
Claiming unfinished business at the Rugby World Cup, England scrum-half Danny Care is all set to put in his best at the tournament in France, aiming to top off his turbulent international career.
The 36-year-old, who is one of only three scrum-halves in Steve Borthwick’s England training group, expressed his intense desire to make the squad, especially after missing out in 2019.
“Never before have I been this intent on earning an England jersey,” Care shared on the Rugby Union Weekly podcast.
“The moment Steve hinted at the prospect of joining the camp and competing for a spot, I seized the opportunity with both hands.”
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The Harlequins veteran accumulated the majority of his 87 caps for England between 2008 and 2018, before being dropped by former head coach Eddie Jones.
A four-year intermission ensued, during which Care secured three additional caps during last year’s Australian tour. However, Jones and then Borthwick overlooked him in the following autumn and recent Six Nations, respectively.
When questioned about his readiness for another chance, Care confidently expressed his eagerness.
“Without a moment’s hesitation, my answer was a resounding yes: I would move mountains to play for Steve’s team,” he stated.
“Competing in a World Cup has always been a dream, and I’m ready to pour my heart and soul into it. When an England coach extends an invitation, my answer is invariably yes.
“I have remained in England for the past 18 years to fulfil my dream of representing my country, which holds immense significance for me.
“I’ve committed myself fully, and I’ve never felt better. It’s been challenging and labor-intensive, but that’s what a World Cup demands. And I’ve savoured every moment.
“It’s been a wild ride, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.”
‘World Cups have fallen short of my expectations’
Despite standing as England’s second-most capped scrum-half, Care has only participated in a single World Cup match—a non-consequential game against Uruguay in 2015.
In 2011, a severe foot injury thwarted his chances of becoming England’s starting nine, while in 2015 he was third in line, and in 2019 he didn’t make it to the training camp.
“My World Cup experiences have not lived up to my expectations,” Care admitted.
“So, I’m ready to do whatever it takes to make it to the 33-man squad for France. The ultimate dream remains—to emulate the ’03 champions and secure the trophy.
“I’ve experienced the highs and lows. I’ve been named in a squad only to miss out due to injury. I’ve seen players rise from obscurity and make a World Cup.
“In rugby, the possibilities are endless. My focus remains on taking one day at a time, working hard, and contributing to the team.”
Having spent the past three weeks in the training camp, Care is greatly inspired by the caliber of both coaches and players in England’s ranks.
“I’ve been deeply impressed by Coach Borthwick’s meticulous approach and his vision for propelling the team,” he added.
“This England team is destined for greatness, I’m certain of that. The squad comprises incredibly talented young players who could make a significant impact on England’s rugby scene for years to come.”
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Danny Care World Cup comeback
How many times has Danny Care been capped for England?
Danny Care has been capped 87 times for England.
What is Danny Care’s primary goal concerning the Rugby World Cup?
Danny Care aims to make a comeback in the Rugby World Cup, considering it unfinished business and expressing a strong desire to cap his international career at the tournament in France.
Why did Danny Care miss out on the World Cup in 2019?
Danny Care did not make the training camp in 2019, which resulted in him missing out on the World Cup.
Which position does Danny Care play?
Danny Care plays as a scrum-half for the England Rugby Team.
What does Danny Care think of Steve Borthwick, the head coach?
Danny Care has been deeply impressed by Steve Borthwick, appreciating his attention to detail and his commitment to driving the team forward.