Care back in England plans

Cipriani looks set to miss out, Haskell may be called up

Last Updated: 02/05/12 7:38am

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Danny Care: missed the Six Nations campaign

Danny Care: missed the Six Nations campaign

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England head coach Stuart Lancaster will consider Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care for the summer tour of South Africa.

The 25-year-old international missed this season's Six Nations Championship after being dropped from the squad by Lancaster following a series of off-field incidents.

But Lancaster is prepared to welcome him back into the fold, saying: "Danny Care is someone I have met recently and I am pleased with what he is doing off the field in terms of working hard to force himself back into contention.

"I had a positive meeting with him and he is one I will consider for the tour."

England play three Tests against South Africa in June during a five-match trip.

Lancaster has said he intends to pick a squad of 42 players. His initial selection will be named next week but changes could be made as a result of injuries with some club fixtures still outstanding.

Cipriani

Fly-half Danny Cipriani, who will join Sale Sharks next season, is unlikely to force his way into the reckoning following his early release by Melbourne Rebels.

Lancaster said: "Danny Cipriani is another one but I think the next step for him is to go to Sale, do the pre-season.

"He is in a competitive position. Hopefully he will earn the right to get back in there next season."

Flanker James Haskell, who will next season rejoin Wasps from Super 15 side Highlanders, is in Lancaster's thoughts although he has just been hit with a three-week ban for punching.

"James Haskell will be coming back into the equation," Lancaster added. "I have spoken to him about his availability. James has a three-week ban - his next game would be May 26, then he will play a Super 15 on June 2 and then join us, if selected."

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