Danny Care set to feature for England for first time since 2018 against Barbarians | England rugby union team


Danny Care is set to make his first England appearance in four years after being named as a substitute to face the Barbarians in a no-cap international at Twickenham on Sunday in a side managed by Tom Curry.

Care won the last of his 84 caps in 2018 but worked his way into Eddie Jones’ plans thanks to his electric form for Harlequins over the past two seasons. The 35-year-old will cover from the bench for starting scrum-half Harry Randall, who was also named vice-captain.

Randall will partner Marcus Smith at half-back and Jonny May returns to the left wing after missing the Six Nations with knee surgery. The mighty Joe Cokanasiga is present in the No.14 jersey for his first appearance since facing the United States and Canada a year ago, stationed in front of a central combination of Mark Atkinson and Joe Marchant.

Jonny Hill’s foot injury meant he missed the Six Nations but he is restored to second with Curry, Sam Underhill and Alex Dombrandt forming a strong back row.

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How England line up


The England team will face the Barbarians at Twickenham, 3pm, Sunday June 19

T Freeman; J Cokanasiga, J Marchant, M Atkinson, J May; M Smith, H Randall; B Rodd, J Walker, W Collier, C Ewels, J Hill, T Curry (captain), S Underhill, A Dombrandt. Substitutes J Singleton, W Goodrick-Clarke, P Schickerling, C Lawes, J Willis, D Care, O Bailey, J Nowell.

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Jones said: “They are a young team, they have prepared very well and worked hard over the past few camps to come together as a group. It’s a great opportunity to play in this England XV team and show what they can do. We’re looking forward to playing against an unusual team of French Barbarians – which you normally only get when going up against the French Barbarians.

“We will use this as an opportunity to develop combinations and assess players for the Australian tour. We will do our best and it should make for a great game of rugby for all Twickenham supporters.


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