Danny Care set for new career after retiring from England duty - Ruck

Danny Care set for new career after retiring from England duty

England star Danny Care is taking steps toward a new career following his standout performance as a pundit for TNT Sports during the 2024 Gallagher Premiership final.

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The scrum-half, already a presenter on BBC’s Rugby Union Weekly Podcast, is looking to transition into the media once he ends his playing career with no interest in coaching.

Care, who recently signed a one-year extension with Harlequins, retired from international duty after the 2024 Six Nations.

The 37-year-old played in all five of England’s matches in the tournament, earning his 100th cap in the 23-22 win over Ireland on March 9.

“To play for England once was a dream come true,” he said. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I’d get the opportunity to do it over 100 times.”

Care added, “After a lot of reflection over the past few months, the time feels right for myself and the team to retire from international rugby.

“The past 12 months with this England team have been arguably my favourite, making memories that my family and I will cherish and remember forever.”

Nigel Owens ranks the best captains he has refereed, Richie McCaw third

The popular referee selected his picks for Wales Online, but set out at the start that he wouldn’t be picking any Welshman in his selection.

“I am not going to include any Welsh players on my list because I haven’t refereed them in international matches.

“Anyway, these are my top Test skippers ranked, Welshmen aside.”


#5. Chris Robshaw (England)

The flanker is a former English rugby union player who captained the national team from 2012 to 2015.

Known for his exceptional work rate and leadership skills, Robshaw was a dynamic flanker who made a significant impact on the field. He enjoyed a successful club career with Harlequins, where he played for over a decade. Robshaw’s dedication and commitment to the sport earned him numerous accolades and the respect of his peers.

Off the field, he is admired for his philanthropic efforts, using his platform to support various charitable causes.

Owens said: “Some people will be surprised at this one to start off. His misfortune was perhaps to be leading England during a difficult time, but he always gave everything for the cause, encouraging others to follow suit, and he was a nice guy off the pitch.”

#4. Jean de Villiers (South Africa)

He is a retired South African rugby union player who made a lasting impact on the international stage.

As a versatile back, he showcased his skills and leadership abilities as the captain of the Springboks from 2012 to 2015.

De Villiers’ playing career spanned over a decade, during which he exhibited exceptional athleticism and a powerful presence on the field.

He was widely respected for his tactical knowledge, unwavering commitment, and ability to inspire his teammates.

De Villiers remains an influential figure in the rugby world and continues to contribute to the sport through coaching and commentary.

Owens said: “He was not only a great rugby player but also a great leader and a great man. Whenever I came across him on the field, he impressed me.”