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Selection of Danny Care shows England's attacking intent

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Though far from a shock, the selection of Danny Care as England's scrum-half may be the most significant ahead of England's clash with Scotland this Saturday.

New coach Eddie Jones has largely played it safe naming his team with experienced heads widely backed, but by selecting Care over long-term rival Ben Youngs, the Australian coach is signalling his attacking intent.

In terms of personnel, England's XV are all veterans from the Stuart Lancaster era, however, a new style of rugby is expected and the Harlequins captain could be crucial in this respect.


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Following the calamity of England's World Cup campaign, demands were made for a culling of the old guard. In reality, England failed at their own tournament because they were in the 'pool of death' and made fundamental mistakes in their defeat to Wales.

There remains plenty of quality in the England squad but with a shift in emphasis and approach required, Care may well be the man to lead the transition from Lancaster to Jones.

Due to his inferior box-kicking, Care could easily have been sidelined in favour of Leicester rival Youngs, for what promises to be a battle at Murrayfield.

The Harlequins nine has harshly been viewed as somewhat of a fair-weather player in the past and Care's is a selection that bucks the wider trend.

In choosing Mike Brown, Jonathan Joseph, James Haskell, Joe Marler and Dan Cole, Jones has opted for the experienced option over the young pretender in a clear indication that the result is all that matters this Saturday.

Intention to attack

However, by opting for Care at nine, the Tasmanian-born coach has maintained some of the attacking instincts England rugby fans are hoping to see rub off on the national team.

With his speed and preference to run the ball from all areas, Care provides a real threat to England's play, indicating they will seek to entertain if possible.

Youngs would hardly have been a conservative option, either; however, the Leicester skipper may well have opted to kick more often, whilst Care's run in the starting XV in 2014 coincided with the most consistent rugby of the Lancaster era.

Outside the 29-year-old scrum-half, George Ford and Owen Farrell start together at ten and 12 for just the second time in a test match, with Anthony Watson and Jack Nowell sure to feature more heavily alongside two distributors.

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