Danny Care called into England Six Nations training squad

England have called Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care into their Six Nations training squad ahead of next week’s match with Scotland.


The 21-year-old is keeping England’s World Cup scrum-half Andy Gomarsall out of the Quins side after some outstanding displays in recent weeks.

Care has already played for England at Sevens and captained England Under-20s.

Wasps flanker James Haskell keeps his place in the 30-man squad, despite doubts over his ankle injury.

Haskell is undergoing intensive treatment in an attempt to get him fit for the trip to Murrayfield.
Care’s inclusion in front of veteran Gomarsall, who was dropped after starting the first two games of the Six Nations, confirms coach Brian Ashton’s desire to look to the next generation of scrum-halves.

Sale’s Richard Wigglesworth, who made his first start against France, and London Irish’s Paul Hodgson are the other number nines in the squad.

Ashton will announce his starting line-up for the match next Tuesday, with changes expected to be kept to a minimum following England’s 24-13 victory over France.

But the vast majority of the squad will be in action for their club sides over the course of the weekend, leaving Ashton to hope that his players avoid injury.

This is the last season before the agreement between the clubs and the Rugby Football Union comes into force.

The deal will see England’s players remain on international duty for the duration of the Six Nations.


England training squad:

Backs – I Balshaw (Gloucester), D Care (Harlequins), D Cipriani (Wasps), M Cueto (Sale), T Flood (Newcastle), C Hodgson (Sale), P Hodgson (London Irish), J Noon (Newcastle), P Sackey (Wasps), M Tait (Newcastle), L Vainikolo (Gloucester), R Wigglesworth (Sale), J Wilkinson (Newcastle)

Forwards – S Borthwick (Bath), G Chuter (Leicester), T Croft (Leicester), L Deacon (Leicester), N Easter (Harlequins), J Haskell (Wasps), B Kay (Leicester), M Lipman (Bath), L Mears (Bath), L Narraway (Gloucester), T Payne (Wasps), M Regan (Bristol), S Shaw (Wasps), A Sheridan (Sale), M Stevens (Bath), P Vickery (Wasps, capt), J Worsley (Wasps)

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