Ashton to give Care a chance

By CHRIS FOY

Last updated at 22:31 29 February 2008


England added

Harlequins scrum half

prodigy Danny Care to

their training squad

on Friday for the

Calcutta Cup match

against Scotland amid

mounting evidence

that the national No 9

drought is well and

truly over.

Head coach Brian

Ashton had gone into

the RBS Six Nations

with an alarming

dearth of viable

candidates to act as

Jonny Wilkinson's half

back partner, given

the injuries that had

claimed Harry Ellis,

Peter Richards and

Shaun Perry.

Not any more. No

sooner has Richard

Wigglesworth of Sale

produced a superb

performance on his

full Test debut in the

victory over France in

Paris than he is being

forced to look over his

shoulder at a swelling

group of rivals.

The newest member

of the chasing pack is

Care, in his second

season with Quins. He

has climbed through

the ranks of the

England system and

became a fixture in

the national Sevens

squad last season.

Now, Care, 21, has

been given the

opportunity to

impress Ashton ahead

of the showdown at

Murrayfield next

Saturday.

There was also news

concerning another

young scrum half

yesterday. Ben Foden

has agreed to join

Northampton from

Sale in the summer.

The 22-year-old is

moving in order to

gain regular

experience in his

favoured position.

These developments

have come in the

week when Ellis has

been recalled by

Leicester for Saturday's

clash with Leeds. After

being out for more

than nine months, the

man who had become

England's leading

scrum half is back.

Music to Ashton's ears.

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