Harlequins' Danny Care thrives on responsibility of fatherhood

Danny Care
Care has scored seven tries in 48 Tests for England

England and Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care has said becoming a father for the first time has given him added motivation as a player.

The 27-year-old scored the decisive try for Quins in their European Rugby Champions Cup victory over Castres on Friday, a week after his partner Jodie gave birth to a son, Blake.

"That one was for the little man and Jodie at home," he told BBC Radio 5 live.

"It's been an unbelievable week and that capped it off."

England and Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care:
"I'm dying to get back in an England shirt - if picked - and show what I can do."

Care, who marked his try by replicating the 'rocking baby' celebration performed by Brazil superstars Romario and Bebeto at the 1994 World Cup, added: "It's an unbelievable feeling, you can never dream of what it feels like.

"You want to make your family proud. It's one extra person to try to make proud."

Care missed Quins' Premiership defeat at Leicester 10 days ago because of the new arrival, but returned to the starting XV as Quins won 23-9 at the Stoop against the French side.

"The weight of the world is off now he's got the little fella home," said Quins director of rugby Conor O'Shea.

"It's great for him and you can see the energy he brings.

"He's probably looking forward to getting into camp with England - and four weeks of sleep at Pennhyill Park!"

On Wednesday, Care will be named in head coach Stuart Lancaster's squad for the autumn internationals, and the number nine says he cannot wait for the challenge when New Zealand, South Africa, Samoa and Australia come to Twickenham.

"They are four unbelievably tough games, but I'm massively excited to be playing against the best teams in the world in the best stadium in the world," he said.

"I'm dying to get back in an England shirt - if picked - and show what I can do."

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