Harlequins’ Conor O’Shea singles out Danny Care for special praise

Aviva Premiership: Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea heaps praise on fly-half Danny Care after win against Sale Sharks

Stuart Lancaster
Harlequins star Danny Care

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea reserved special praise for Danny Care after the scrum-half excelled against Sale Sharks, having been released from the England squad.

Care, who last started for England against Italy in this year’s Six Nations before coming off the bench a week later against Wales, played the last half an hour in a 24-3 win against Sale.

The 26-year-old was rested for England’s summer tour to Argentina and has since fallen down the pecking order behind Lee Dickson and Ben Youngs.

But O’Shea believes Care was firing on all cylinders against the Sharks, claiming his kicking, for which he is sometimes criticised, was particularly impressive.

“A special mention for Danny Care to get his head on after being sent back,” said O’Shea.

“I think it was outstanding how he controlled the game and people tell me he doesn’t kick well.

“Well, they need to watch 30 minutes of that because he was absolutely magnificent.

“We have to stay in the fight because teams will have their good times and teams will have their bad times and all these players who we have been talking about will come back.”

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