He added: “You can see a glint in the eyes of big ball-carriers when they see you in the defensive line, and they’re thinking, ‘I’m going to run all over that little twat’. So, if I knock them over I let them know about it. As a No 9 you’ve got to be chippy and dish it out - and you’ve also got to be able to take it.”
Care's eye for a break and chippy arrogance remind me very much of a cross between Matt Dawson and Austin Healy (not a bad combination) and, with Harry Ellis looking like he'll be having further knee surgery this summer, a Care-Cipriani combo at half-back on England's New Zealand trip looks a very real and exciting prospect. Bring it on.