Danny Care handed shock England recall by Eddie Jones

Danny Care has received a shocking recall from Eddie Jones, who has taken the veteran scrum half into a 36-man squad to take on the Barbarians after a four-year exile.

Care, the standout scrum half in the Premiership this season, was called up along with five other Harlequins after the club were knocked out of the Premiership semi-finals by Saracens. Ironically, the 35-year-old had planned to play for the Barbarians, only to receive an unexpected subpoena from Jones, who also had five Northampton Saints players lost to Leicester in their semi-final.

There was no place for the loose-headed Joe Marler of Harlequins, while Alfie Barbeary, the back row of Wasps, was surprisingly released from the squad, which does not include any Leicester Tigers or Saracens players who will contest Saturday’s Premiership final. Jones will designate his full roster next Monday (June 20) for the three-Test series against Australia.

Care, who has 84 caps, is likely to remain in the running for a place in the summer series to Australia, especially if Ben Youngs chooses not to tour for family reasons. Youngs’ sister-in-law, Tiffany, passed away last week and the Leicester scrum half has withdrawn from previous tours for family reasons.

Nevertheless, Care’s recall comes as a big surprise after an alleged feud with Jones during England’s 2018 win against Japan. Concern is believed to have challenged Jones’ tactics at halftime when England fell behind. Care, along with Saracens center Alex Lozowski and Montpellier No 8 Zach Mercer, were never chosen again by Jones, who chose New Zealand-born Willi Heinz for his 2019 World Cup squad.

“I’d be lying if I said it didn’t sting a little more,” Care told Telegraph Sport in 2019. “I was surprised they went for Willi. It’s not his fault. I have nothing against Willi. He’s a nice man. I’ve met him a few times, played him a few times. I never knew that he had ambitions to play for England I never knew he could play for England When he came into that Barbarian Week he kind of took me back because I didn’t know how long he was in the country or if he had an English grandmother.

Bristol’s Harry Randall and Northampton’s Alex Mitchell are the other scrum halves in the current squad. Ten uncapped players will remain in the squad for the uncapped match, including London Irish aviator Henry Arundell. “This is a strong, diverse squad,” Jones said. “There are a lot of exciting young players and some experienced players who still have a chance to shine.

“Everyone will have the opportunity to advocate to be part of the Australian tour squad as we prepare for the Barbarians.

“The Barbarians match at Twickenham is always a great rugby affair and we know the fans are always having a great day out watching a very entertaining match. We are looking forward to working hard on the training ground this week, so we are ready for a fantastic game on Sunday.”

Meanwhile, Australian head coach Dave Rennie has chosen not to call up powerhouse Will Skelton for the Test series. Rennie got to choose three foreign players, but chose Quade Cooper, Marika Koroibete and Samu Kerevi, three full-backs, instead of Skelton, who played a key role in the success of the Champions Cup of La Rochelle.

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