Danny Care announces retirement from international rugby after 101 caps for England

Danny Care announces retirement from international rugby after 101 caps for England

Danny Care has announced his retirement from international rugby, bringing an end to a 16-year England career.

The Harlequins scrum-half featured in all five of his country’s Six Nations matches this year, coming on to win his 100th cap in the dramatic win over Ireland at Twickenham.

Care then played the final ten minutes against France in Lyon, with that proving to be the 37-year-old’s final appearance for England.

“To play for England once was a dream come true,” Care said. “Never in my wildest dreams did I think I'd get the opportunity to do it over 100 times.

'After a lot of reflection the past few months, the time feels right for myself and the team, to retire from international rugby.

"The past 12 months in this England team have been arguably my favourite, making memories that my family and I will cherish and remember forever."

Care made his international debut in the summer of 2008 against New Zealand, and shared the pitch with current England coaches Steve Borthwick and Richard Wigglesworth during his career.

He is one of only six men to reach a century of caps for England, with Care involved in two World Cup campaigns, including last year’s run to the semi-finals in France. Care won the Six Nations on three occasions, with a Grand Slam success in 2016.

His international career appeared to be over when he went four years without being selected, but Care was recalled by Eddie Jones in the summer of 2022 to face the Barbarians and he was then included in the squad to tour Australia, reward for his superb Harlequins form.

"I want to thank all the England fans from the bottom of my heart who have supported me and the team unconditionally throughout the years, all over the world," Care said.

"It means the world and nothing will ever beat the feeling of walking out to all of you at Twickenham.

“Thank you to every coach who picked me, dropped me, picked me again, dropped me again, loved me or hated me. Hopefully I’ve shown that you should never give up.”

Care will continue playing at Harlequins, the club has been at since 2006 and made a record 369 appearances for.

"We're incredibly proud of Danny and everything he has achieved for England,” Harlequins director of rugby Billy Millard said.

"He's been the ultimate professional for the past 15 years and worked extremely hard to fight his way back to achieve 101 caps.

"It's a huge testament to his character, hard work and professionalism and we congratulate him on a fantastic England career and look forward to his continued impact at Quins."