England scrum-half Danny Care is looking to enjoy “every second” of being recalled to Eddie Jones’s squad for their tour of Australia.
Care had a fall out with the 62-year-old head coach in 2018 and has been out of the squad since. However, the Harlequin took to the field as a replacement against the Barbarians on Sunday.
“Love every second of it”
The 35-year-old plays a high tempo style which many believe will suit the fast and hard Australian pitches. But Care is just looking to maximise his time with the national squad and make the most of it.
“I don’t know how long it’s going to last but one thing I’ll do is make sure I give it my all. Any opportunity I get I’ll try and take it and help the young lads out. I’m loving it,” he said.
“It’s something you think will never happen again. Deep down you go: ‘Maybe there’s a chance’. I’ve just tried to enjoy it and love every second of it.
“When you’ve been in it like I was for quite a while, you appreciate what you do, you’re playing for England.
“But when you can’t do that any more, can’t get back in, it makes you want it even more. When I got back in I realised just how amazing it is to be able to go to Twickenham and see all those fans.
“I definitely think I’m a better player now than I was four years ago. Even three years ago.
“The main thing I’ve been trying to focus on is enjoyment, getting the most out of the game, trying to help the team.
“That frees me up because when I’m not thinking about things too much – that’s my type of game, the instinctive type of game. When I overthink stuff I don’t play my best rugby.”
Care revealed he spoke to Jones about returning to the squad over a coffee after his 250th Premiership game.
“Eddie texted me around my 250th Premiership game, said congrats about that, and I thought I’d shoot my shot and see what happens. I had nothing to lose,” Care said.
“We met for a coffee, had a great chat, talked about life, how the game was going. He was complimentary about how I was playing, so I was happy with that.
“I laid it on the line and said I’d give anything to have another chance and help the team. I think I can. He said play well and we’ll see what happens.”