Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care is understood to be pondering his future at the Twickenham Stoop, with champions Saracens keen to acquire his signature following reports in today’s Rugby Paper.
Care, absent from Quins’ dramatic comeback win at Kingsholm against Gloucester on Saturday due to England duties, could link up with his England team mate Owen Farrell in North London. But will another scrum half add to Saracens’ attacking prowess?
Sarries director of rugby has indicated his desire to bring a world class half back to Allianz Park, despite having three already at his disposal.
Richard Wigglesworth has fended off offers from across the channel with a number of French clubs eager to lure him to the Top 14. Sarries veteran Neil de Kock has extended his contract for one more year and at 38 years old, continues to provide an invaluable service to the Hendon-based club. And similarly, former England under-20’s Ben Spencer is the apprentice making his way in the game, with a number of standout performances for Saracens both domestically and on the continent.
But what would Care bring to an already strongly-contested position? He’s shown under Eddie Jones for England of late the impact he can make off the bench as part of Jones’ “finishers.” Even for Quins, Care’s dynamism at the breakdown highlights his strengths of how he plays the rugby in front of him.
We’ve seen on numerous occasions Care’s tenacity to identify the space in front that more often that not gets him over the whitewash. With Care, you not only get a scrum-half, but you also get a clinical finisher – someone who can make something out of nothing and change the game in an instant.
However, in Sarries’ ranks, current first-choice Wigglesworth is much more adept at playing the box-kick effectively. His speed at the breakdown may not be as sharp as Care, but Wigglesworth’s decision making on the back-foot allows his team to get the go-forward needed to spark an attack at any opportunity. Spencer, on the other hand, adds another dimension with his kicking as we’ve seen so successfully in the Anglo-Welsh Cup and subsequently earning his place as a regular in the Saracens first team set up.
Opposition slowing the ball at the breakdown is often a cause for concern for Care and can pre-empt untimely errors. But needless to say, Sarries’ forwards in the engine room have the ability to secure quick ball time and time again and would suit Care’s game very well.
The Quins scrum half would certainly slot in well to the Saracens way of playing and having already built up a rapport with a number of Sarries’ England stars, means he would adapt seamlessly from the off.
It would be very good business for the club and if they are to pull it off, will only add to the already strong depth in the squad. A Care-Farrell combination would be a very exciting combination indeed.