Scrum-half sensation Danny Care, aged 36, vows to keep the international rugby flame burning, following his pivotal contribution to England’s remarkable third-place finish at the World Cup in France.
On Friday, Care marked his 96th cap with an electrifying performance as England triumphed over Argentina, sealing a thrilling 26-23 victory.
He told the BBC’s Rugby Union Daily podcast: “I said to Steve (Borthwick, England coach) that I’ve absolutely loved every second of being back in and playing for England, and if there is a glimmer of hope that may happen one more time for one more minute, I’m not going to call time on it yet.
“I had three years out, which I think helps me. When I speak to Ben and Courtney, they’ve been in it for 12 years non-stop. I had a bit of a sabbatical.
“The past five or six months have been some of my greatest memories in an England shirt.
“There might be a time in the Six Nations when someone might call a day on it, but we’ll see. I’ll just keep dreaming and keep hoping.”
If he continues to be a part of the squad, Care could attain his 100th England cap during the Six Nations in early 2024.
“That would be amazing, another dream come true. I’m in the nervous nineties,” said Care, who was primarily used as a replacement for Alex Mitchell at the World Cup.
“I’ll try my best to play as well as I can for Harlequins when I get back, to try to get in that Six Nations squad.
“If not, I’m proud of getting another stab at it. I’m really grateful to Steve and the coaches for giving me another go, and really grateful to the team for letting me back in.”
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#1. Dan Cole
Dan Cole, born in 1987, is a seasoned prop forward with a formidable presence in England’s front row. Known for his scrummaging prowess and strong work ethic, Cole is a cornerstone of the national team’s pack.
He has amassed numerous caps for his country and played a pivotal role in England’s 2016 Grand Slam and 2020 Six Nations victories. His experience and technical proficiency in the scrum made him an invaluable asset to the squad.