Care urges improvement ahead of Old Mutual Wealth series

England scrum half Danny Care says there are a lot of lessons to be learnt from the summer series win over Argentina before the return fixture with Los Pumas at Twickenham in November.

The training squad convened at the Lensbury Hotel on Saturday for a three-day pre-season camp, and Care says it was a great opportunity to regroup ahead of their Old Mutual Wealth opener on Saturday, 11 November. 

“It wasn’t too long ago that we played against them (Argentina) so there’s a few of us that went over there and were successful there, so we’re trying to get everyone up to speed on the game plan,” he said.

“We had about 18 away from the group during the summer, and a lot of young guys that came in and did great, so there’s competition for places now.”

More to do

Eddie Jones’ men recorded wins in San Juan and Santa Fe in June, scoring 73 points across 160 minutes of Test match rugby, but despite the wins, Care admits there is still a lot more to work on.

“We were happy with the 2-0 win, but know there is a lot to work on,” he added."We conceded tries out there - a lot of points - and we need to sure that up."

“We conceded tries out there - a lot of points - and we need to sure that up. Argentina are a good side; they attack from anywhere.

“It’s hard to say they play a certain way because they have the option to go really structured and can also play unstructured.

“We left a lot of opportunities out there against them, so it’s about being a bit more clinical in attack, tightening up our defence and working out a few ways to exploit them.”

On the same wavelength 

A handful of England’s British & Irish Lions contingent reunited with the national team over the three-day camp in Teddington - after being part of a successful touring party that held the All Blacks to a drawn series - and Care said the mood during the camp was focused.

And the 30-year-old says the group is on the same wavelength, and growing in confidence ahead of the Old Mutual Wealth Series.

He credited the strength-in-depth available to head coach Jones, and admitted being named in the England squad still carries the same air of excitement.

“Every time you’re named in the squad, it is as exciting as it was before, especially with the talent that is in the squad and the potential team England could field," Care added.

“We’re very much focused on this first game and all our efforts will go into that.    

“We’ve had a great three days together, worked hard and we’re looking forward to what’s to come.”