England scrum-half Danny Care refusing to look beyond Italy

By Chris Bell and Ben Cropper.   Last Updated: 01/03/13 10:57am

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Danny Care: Focused on Italy

Danny Care: Focused on Italy

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Scrum-half Danny Care is focused solely on England's game against Italy, claiming the squad cannot afford to be complacent.

England will host the Azzurri at Twickenham next Sunday before a potential championship decider against Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

And the Harlequins ace revealed that this week's break from the RBS Six Nations may prove pivotal in the pursuit of the Grand Slam.

"We have a week without an international now so we can get our review of the France game done and we can see what we did well, see what we need to improve," said Care.

"It is all about Italy now. We can't think about the Wales game."

"It is all about Italy now. We can't think about the Wales game."
Danny Care

Care is clearly buying into the culture that England coach Stuart Lancaster - his mentor from their days at Leeds - is looking for and he remains grounded about the side's recent good run of form.

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Since the win over the All Blacks in the autumn international series in December, England have been building momentum and climbing the IRB rankings.

The change of management - coming on the back of a poor 2011 World Cup campaign - has seen a new emphasis in terms of preparation and it is something which Care believes is paying dividends.

"We can work on a few things ahead of the Italy game and then really crack into them," he said.

The 26-year-old, who has been on the bench for all three of this season's Six Nations games, will be looking to force his claims for a starting spot against the Azzurri.

Italy had opened their campaign with victory over France, however they have subsequently lost to Scotland and Wales. A win over England at Twickenham would be a monumental achievement but it is something Care is keen to avoid.

"It is a chance for us to have another good performance and hopefully another win," he added.

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