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Danny Care set for shock England re-call - reports

By Ian Cameron
Danny Care faces a stint on the sidelines

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Harlequins scrumhalf Danny Care is apparently set to receive a shock England re-call by head coach Eddie Jones, four years since his last appearance for the national side.

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Both the Mail Sport and The Telegraph report that Care will be named later today when England issue a training squad update.

Care’s form for Harlequins has been the talk of the Gallagher Premiership this season, with many commentators calling for his inclusion. The veteran, who will be 36 by the time the Rugby World Cup in France comes around, hasn’t won a cap for Jones since playing Japan in 2018.

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Defending champions Harlequins were knocked out in their semi-final against Saracens yesterday, but it seems Care has done enough across the season to warrant Jones taking a second look.

England take on the Barbarians in Twickenham before they make their way to Australia for a three Test tour against the Wallabies. Whether Care’s invovlement is a stop gap bench solution for the Baa-baas game or a genuine selection option for the Test season ahead remains unclear.

RugbyPass’ own Andy Goode wrote recently: “It seems to be an open secret that the pair have clashed in the past but I haven’t heard anyone else in the game have a bad word to say about Care and, having played with him myself, I can guarantee he isn’t a bad apple… The blend of characters is important in an international squad, as it is at club level, and it’s also every coach’s prerogative to pick who he wants but Care is anything but a disruptive influence and I just think it’s about time we heard a proper explanation as to why he keeps being overlooked.”

The news was greeted by former England back row James Haskell, who simply wrote: “I hope so”.

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Care is one of only three players to have represented Harlequins on more than 300 occasions and is the highest ever try scorer and won 84 England caps to date.

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