Care confident in future of England rugby

  • England play Argentina on Saturday
  • Jones' men won the first Test 38-34
  • Lozowski aiming to surpass family record

Danny Care says the future of English rugby looks bright after the involvement of 10 uncapped players in last weekend’s 38-34 win over Argentina.

A late Denny Solomona score secured the win for Eddie Jones’ men in San Juan, and Care has praised the nerve shown by new faces in what he called a 'hostile environment'.

“I couldn’t speak more highly of them, they were great,” the Harlequin said.

“To have 10 guys making their debut and come down here to a hostile environment and get the victory was great.

“The young lads coming through are a different breed: the Curry brothers, Nick Isiekwe, Alex Lozowski, Henry Slade - they’re all great players with a great mind-set. They’ve all come in, all grafted, worked hard and fitted into the system straight away. The future of English rugby is bright.”

Five of the players in Argentina with the senior squad could have been in Georgia at the World Rugby U20 Championship but despite this the side have still reached Sunday's final.

It means they have sealed a place in their fifth consecutive final and are also unbeaten this season having won the Grand Slam.

England will now focus on Sunday’s final against New Zealand as they look to make history by winning the Six Nations Grand Slam and World Rugby U20 Championship in the same season.

Expect the same

Meanwhile, England face Los Pumas again on Saturday, 17 June in Santa Fe, and scrum-half Care believes the hosts will look to play a similar style of rugby to last weekend.

And although the 30-year-old - who covered 7km in the first Test - admits the unstructured nature of play made the game very quick, he says it is a brand of rugby he enjoys.

“Unstructured play is something we’ve been working on as a team to try and develop and get better at,” Care explained.

“If you look at the All Blacks, the majority of their tries come from unstructured play, and they’re the best team in the world because they take advantage of those opportunities.

“If we can develop that side of our game and keep getting better and better, we can get closer to that goal of being the number one team in the world.”

Coming of age

With 15 members of head coach Jones’ regulars away on British & Irish Lions duty this summer, many leadership roles within the senior squad have had to be filled, and Care highlights George Ford as one who has flourished in the role on this tour. “...we have to back up our performance and get a 2-0 win.”

The Harlequin credits Ford for his 'brilliant goal-kicking' last weekend, and says his confidence at fly-half has grown tenfold. 

“He can do everything and he makes it look so simple,” said Care.

“That's the key thing for a fly-half, he’s loud, bosses the boys around and I know where he is at all times. I’m really enjoying the opportunity to play with him.” 

On Saturday's second Test with Los Pumas, Care added: “I think Argentina will be sat in their camp quite disappointed that they didn’t win the game last weekend. 

“But now we have to back up our performance, and get a 2-0 win.”