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The secret non-rugby activity that left Danny Care 'petrified'

By Liam Heagney
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Veteran Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care has revealed his recent involvement in a show about musicals initially left him petrified but so intrigued is he now by the art of theatrical performance that his post-career dream is to present a TV game show. Although he will turn 35 on January 2, there is no end yet in sight for Care’s rugby career as he continues to thrive as an important part of the set-up at The Stoop where he is described as a social-glue player.

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The ex-England No9 was a starter in Harlequins’s Champions Cup round two win over Cardiff on Saturday, his eleventh successive start in his club’s eleven Premiership and European games so far in their 2021/22 campaign.

However, despite that busy schedule, he found some time recently to put himself out of his comfort zone in a very different way to what he has been used to as a rugby player as he spent a month practising singing in front of people, taking vocal lessons and working on his choreography. 

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Speaking in an in-depth interview in the latest edition of the Rugby Journal magazine, Harlequins favourite Care said: “I have just done a show on Monday, it’s about musicals. They took six of us from different walks of life – some actors, actresses and me – and we learned a musical song and performance. 

“I did a Greatest Showman song, I loved it. I kept it really quiet from the lads, I didn’t tell any of them I was doing it until I actually performed it. But I think it went alright, 

“It is going to be out in the new year but it was awesome to do something completely out of my comfort zone. I was petrified at first. Then I learned the song and I got kind of comfortable and I was like, ‘Okay, I actually really want to do this now’. And then I got to do it and I have never been more scared in my life. On a stage with people in the audience, filmed as live, cameras everywhere, with judges and it was, ‘Yeah, go and sing and dance’. 

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“I just thought, ‘What am I doing?’ But I got a great buzz from it and I’m really proud I did it. To get an opportunity to go and sing in a musical was pretty cool,” he said before adding what his ultimate non-rugby ambition is. “My big dream is to host a TV game show.”

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