Rugby World Cup 2023: Danny Care hopes England modified ‘perceptions’ with semi-final displaying

Danny Care
Danny Care got here on as a second-half substitute towards South Africa

Scrum-half Danny Care hopes England's spirited World Cup semi-final show towards South Africa has modified followers' “perceptions” of the crew.

England misplaced 5 of their six video games earlier than the match however got here inside three minutes of reaching the ultimate.

“We have proven stuff that followers can hopefully get behind and be happy with,” stated Care.

“The assist we have had right here and at house has been wonderful. This crew will go on to larger and higher issues, I am positive.”

A late Handre Pollard penalty condemned England to a 16-15 defeat, because the World Cup holders superior to a remaining towards New Zealand.

England emerged with credit score, and Care stated: “There was quite a lot of stuff stated about us earlier than and hopefully we have modified some perceptions, perhaps acquired folks believing in us once more.”

Steve Borthwick's aspect had probably the most gamers aged 25 or below among the many 4 semi-finalists, along with his squad now going through Argentina within the third-place play-off on Friday.

That shall be a repeat of their opening fixture, which England gained due to 27 factors from the boot of fly-half George Ford.

“It should profit each one in all these gamers and this crew because it strikes ahead,” Borthwick stated of the sport.

“It says there are quite a lot of good younger gamers round which might be benefiting from this expertise. I believe there are some skilled gamers who've loads of years in an England shirt forward of them.

“I need gamers taking part in huge video games at World Cups, I need them having that have.”

Full-back Freddie Steward and second row George Martin, who're each nonetheless solely 22, impressed towards the world champions, with one other Leicester Tiger in Ollie Chessum, 23, approaching to exchange Martin within the second half.

Flanker Courtney Lawes praised the maturity of Martin, drawing comparisons along with his personal worldwide profession after making his World Cup debut in 2011.

“He's 22, the identical age as me once I had my first World Cup,” stated 34-year-old Lawes. “I believe he's going to be right here for a very long time and he has some unimaginable work he's going to get by.”

Forward of England's remaining recreation in France, Care stated: “We might like to have been within the huge dance however we're not. The following smartest thing you are able to do is to complete third and attempt to make extra folks again house happy with this England crew.”

Among the many younger expertise, some 17 members of Borthwick's 33-man squad had earlier World Cup expertise and 16 have been within the squad when England reached the 2019 remaining below Eddie Jones.

Such expertise might now imply a altering of the guard after the competitors.

“I believe it is actually necessary for us to complete on a excessive,” Lawes added.

“We have quite a lot of boys that will or might not play, clearly we do not know the crew but however quite a lot of boys which might be on this tour will not signify their nation once more so it is crucial we end the place we began.”

Former England fly-half Paul Grayson believes the expertise of coming so shut in a World Cup semi-final will assist encourage the following technology.

“This is not the top, it's the very early days of that new journey,” Grayson, a 2003 World Cup winner, informed the Rugby Union Daily podcast.

“That's the stuff you construct on for the remainder of your profession. As that's the baseline to construct your worldwide profession and rugby on.

“That has set the bar, so the problem is now to come back again, hit it once more and go above it. That's the way you develop a champion crew.”

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