Care hails Jones trust

Date published: February 3 2016

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England scrum-half Danny Care has applauded the relaxation of rules regarding drinking as the team enjoy "a couple of beers" on off days.

New head coach Eddie Jones has allowed his players to bond over a pint in the lead-up to the Six Nations and Care thinks it's a good move.

"We've had a couple of nights where we have gone out for dinner as big groups and a night going out in smaller groups in order to get to know each other a bit better," Care told Press Association Sport ahead of their clash with Scotland.

"We have had a couple of beers, we have been trusted to do that which has been very nice.

"When it is a new squad coming together, you have got to get to know each other and Eddie is very keen we do that on and off the pitch.

"As backs we went out and had a couple of beers and the forwards did the same in a different bar, so we kept away from the big lads! Little things like that are new and different.

"We've not paid for too many drinks ourselves yet, which is nice and we're going out tonight. I've got the RFU's cash here!"

Under former head coach Stuart Lancaster, England had a stance of keeping their image as clean as possible and Care admits things have since been tweaked.

"Maybe it's a little bit different," he said.

"We had our moments, but there was a time and a place for it. With a new coach coming in, you have to break down these barriers.

"You're knocking lumps out of each other with your clubs and you need to work out a style that's best for England."

On his battle for the starting scrum-half jersey with Ben Youngs, Care is full of confidence after Jones gave him a boost about his style.

"When I first spoke to Eddie a few weeks ago, he said I've been playing well and told me to keep doing my stuff," he added.

"With two scrum-halves, it gives you the confidence that he rates you. Me and Ben have battled it out for a few years and hopefully there are a few more years to come.

"He wants the nine to be a running, attacking threat. We want to play quickly so he's getting us fit.

"Ben and I have been on the bike doing a few extras. That's the way the game's going.

"We want to run teams around and have dominance up front but, to get the ball to the danger men out wide, you need a nine who can get to the breakdown and get the ball away."

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