Lancaster welcomes back Care

Quins scrum-half returns to England fold for summer tour

Last Updated: 10/05/12 4:19pm

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England head coach Stuart Lancaster says Danny Care has proved he is worthy of a second chance with the senior squad after his recent disciplinary problems.

Lancaster dropped Care for the Six Nations tournament earlier this year as one of his first acts as interim head coach after the Harlequins scrum-half was involved in successive alcohol-related incidents.

"Danny Care needed to reassure me he can lead himself well off the field. I am pleased with the maturity he is showing - but he knows he is treading a fine line."
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But Lancaster, who has since become full-time head coach, named Care in his 42-man squad for the tour of South Africa this summer.

And Lancaster is confident that Care, who is still subject of an outstanding police investigation, has learnt his lessons.

Lancaster said: "Danny Care needed to reassure me he can lead himself well off the field.

"I am pleased with the maturity he is showing - but he knows he is treading a fine line."

He added: "I spoke to the solicitor involved in the Danny Care case and there'll be nothing happening during the tour. We understand the context of what happened and we are happy with the selection."

Lancaster is excited about the balance of the squad which includes 13 uncapped players along with the recalled Care and James Haskell.

He said: "We are also taking with us four of the Under 20s team which reached last June's Junior World Championship final (Owen Farrell, Jonathan Joseph, Joe Launchbury and Christian Wade) and we see the return of two experienced internationals in Danny Care and James Haskell."

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