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England closing on NZ - Care

30th July 2014 17:33


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New season: Danny Care

Harlequins and England scrum-half Danny Care has high aspirations for the new season, including toppling the All Blacks.

Care struggled with injury in New Zealand but was one of England's standout performers in the Six Nations.

One year out from the Rugby World Cup on home soil, Care reflected on the tour back in June and looked ahead to the next 12 months.

"Results-wise the tour wasn't successful. We lost three out of three games and that's not good enough," said Care.

"But we play [New Zealand] again in November and we're on the right track. They're where we're aiming to get to and we have 12 games before the World Cup in which to get better.

"The younger lads are getting more experienced and this is an incredibly exciting time for us. In 12 months' time we will not be far away from New Zealand.

"This November we have four tough games that will give us a really good indication of where we're at."

Care missed out on selection for the last Rugby World Cup down to a toe injury, with England taking Ben Youngs, Richard Wigglesworth and Joe Simpson instead.

As a result the Harlequins number nine is hungry to play a pivotal role in his first World Cup next year.

"I'm unbelievably excited. I have waited a long time to be involved in a World Cup after sitting out the last one," added Care.

"Hopefully I will be all right for this one. There's a long time to go but it will go quite quickly and it's massively exciting for us."

Care has made a full recovery from the shoulder injury that prevented him from playing in the third Test against New Zealand.

"It's fine now, but the timing of it was really annoying. I got it in my second training session of the tour. I was battling every day to try and get it right," stated Care.

"I ran across to do a grubber kick to Jonny May - a kick I'd normally do a hundred times - and completely missed the ball, tripped over and landed funnily on my shoulder.

"I'd fall over a thousand times in a year and it would be fine, but it was just this one time that I caught it wrong and it jarred at my AC joint.

"It was bit of a nightmare and hopefully I won't be doing that again anytime soon."

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