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Danny Care’s return to Eddie Jones’ England squad proves age is just a number for Harlequins star

Danny Care’s return to Eddie Jones’ England squad proves age is just a number, as Harlequins watch the World Cup swan song… but first he has to impress the Barbarians

  • Danny Care’s form for Harlequins has earned him a call-up to the England squad
  • Care has not been in England since 2018 and will be released on Sunday
  • England assistant coach Richard Cockerill says age won’t be a barrier for Care
  • Joe Marler remains in the fight despite not being on Jones’ team this week

Danny Care has been told that age is just a number and that he is on Eddie Jones’ World Cup thoughts after four years in test exile.

Harlequin’s scrum-half Care, 35, returned to Jones’ squad this week for the first time since 2018 and will play against the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday.

The Gallagher Premiership’s No. 9 form this season has been told he can bid for a spot at the English party to tour Australia this summer and head to next year’s World Cup if he impresses this weekend.

Danny Care watched England training at home on Wednesday in the run-up to Sunday's game

Danny Care watched England training at home on Wednesday in the run-up to Sunday’s game

Care has been in excellent form for Harlequins this season leading to his England recall

Care has been in excellent form for Harlequins this season leading to his England recall

“Danny is a competitor. He wouldn’t be here if he didn’t have that focus to go to the World Cup,” England assistant coach Richard Cockerill said.

“He is in excellent physical condition, even as a senior member of the squad. I’d say he’s really eager to compete for a spot. If he plays well enough, he will enter the fray.

“I don’t think age will be a barrier.”

The England squad that will face the Barbarians will not include players from Saracens and Leicester as those two teams prepare for Saturday’s Premiership final.

Head coach Jones has a fully fit roster to choose from. Prior to his surprise call, Care had fought to act for the Barbarians against the land of his birth.

Care has been away from the England squad for four years but still has plenty to offer Eddie Jones

Care has been away from the England squad for four years but still has plenty to offer Eddie Jones

“He’s been in top form for a while now. He is full of energy and life. He has a good character and clearly a very good player,” added Cockerill of Care.

“Danny has always been on England’s minds. He is in excellent form for Quins. He comes in very easily and has trained very well.

“Everyone is participating and will have the chance to raise their hands to go on tour on Sunday.”

Cockerill added that Care’s Harlequins team-mate Joe Marler remains in the running for a tour of Australia, despite not being in head coach Jones’ roster this week.

Harlequins' Joe Marler remains in the running to tour Australia despite not being in the squad

Harlequins’ Joe Marler remains in the running to tour Australia despite not being in the squad

Exeter hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie is also continuing his return from a knee injury sustained against Wales in the Six Nations.

‘He looks quite healthy. He has not yet taken part in training, but we hope that his rehabilitation will accelerate once he has received everything clear from the specialists,” said Cockerill.

“Luke has a great attitude. He is a really aggressive and up-and-at-them type of player. It’s not always about playing a lot of games to get match fitness.

“If Luke is fit, he would be more than capable of taking to the field in Australia if that’s the right choice.”

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