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Danny Care – history-maker: A timeline of the Harlequins scrum-half’s career

Danny Care – history-maker: A timeline of the Harlequins scrum-half’s career

Harlequins stalwart Danny Care made a slice of history at the weekend, becoming England’s most-capped scrum-half against Wales in the Six Nations.

Care earned his 78th cap in the Twickenham grudge match, beating Matt Dawson’s record at the position.

The 31 year-old’s starring role for Quins in Aviva Premiership Rugby over the years has seen him remain in contention for the national No.9 jersey for a decade.

Here’s a look at the memorable moments in Care’s distinguished career:

August 2003: Invited to join the Leeds Tykes Academy at the start of the season, going on to win Young Player of the Year at the club.

December 2004: Signed first professional contact with the Tykes.

September 2005: Made his top-flight bow as a Leeds player, coming on as a late replacement for All Black legend Justin Marshall in a 34-16 defeat to Saracens at Vicarage Road.

June 2006: Signed a three-year contract at Harlequins, serving at first as understudy to Steve So’oialo and later Andy Gomarsall.

January 2007: Made his first Premiership start for Quins in a 9-3 home win over Bath, before being named England Under-20 captain later in the month.

February 2008: After a good early-season run in the side with So’oialo and Gomarsall away at the Rugby World Cup, Care is named in England’s Six Nations training squad and the following month he wins the Premiership Player of the Month award.

June 2008: Care wins his first England cap against New Zealand in Auckland when he comes on for Richard Wigglesworth. His first start comes a week later against the All Blacks in Christchurch, where he notched his first international try.

November 2008: A string of impressive top-flight performances early in the season earn the Leeds lad a starting berth as England’s scrum-half for all four autumn internationals.

May 2009: Care spearheaded Quins’ most successful season since turning professional, coming second in the Premiership and reaching a European quarter-final.

February 2011: On the England bench throughout the Six Nations but went on to win the Amlin Challenge Cup with his club side – scoring seven tries that season.

May 2012: Made 16 appearances as Harlequins became Aviva Premiership Rugby champions for the first time in their history, Care excelling in the 30-23 Final victory over Leicester Tigers.

2012-13: Notched seven tries in the Aviva Premiership Rugby season, a record personal tally, but narrowly missed out on selection for the British & Irish Lions.

August 2015: Named permanent Harlequins captain and signed a new long-term deal at the club four months later.

2015-16: Skippered Quins to a European Rugby Challenge Cup final, where they lost to Montpellier.

2016-17: Helped Harlequins back into the top tier of continental rugby the following season, playing a key role in England’s 18-game unbeaten run under Eddie Jones.

March 2017: Comes off the bench against Scotland in a Six Nations match and scores two late tries in the 61-21 triumph – the first time he has crossed the whitewash on multiple occasions in an England shirt.

February 2018: Gets the nod to start against Wales at Twickenham following an injury to Ben Youngs the previous week, breaking Matt Dawson’s England scrum-half record by earning his 78th cap. He helps the Red Rose battle to a 12-6 victory.

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