World 12s concept could be the spark rugby needs after ‘dull’ Lions Tour of South Africa, according to Danny Care… as former England scrum half backs idea











Danny Care reckons rugby needs a rocket after a ‘dull’ Lions series – and thinks Harlequins team-mate Marcus Smith and the new World 12s idea could be dual sparks.

The former England scrum half, 34, and Premiership champion with Quins, was left bored by the Lions’ Tests against South Africa while excited to see his club fly-half Smith briefly involved.

‘Apart from that it was a bit dross, a bit dull,’ Care said.

Danny Care reckons rugby needs a rocket after a 'dull' Lions series against South Africa

Danny Care reckons rugby needs a rocket after a ‘dull’ Lions series against South Africa

The former England scrum half, 34, and Premiership champion, was bored by three Lions' Tests

The former England scrum half, 34, and Premiership champion, was bored by three Lions’ Tests

‘I tried to get my son to watch the Lions tour and he was like ‘what is this’?

‘You can challenge South Africa, trouble them if you back yourself and play to the space.

‘That is all that Finn Russell and Marcus did – they didn’t do anything ridiculous, they just played to space and moved them around. With Marcus the world is his oyster as a rugby player.

‘I don’t think it was rocket science and the Lions got some tactics wrong – but who am I to criticise them?

But the scrum half thinks Harlequins team-mate Marcus Smith (left) can be a spark

But the scrum half thinks Harlequins team-mate Marcus Smith (left) can be a spark

‘I’d like to think our club tries to play in a way that inspires kids to play.

‘I know international rugby is very different to club rugby and they say ‘you can’t play like that in international rugby’. Why not? Why can’t you? You can if your coaches let you play like that. If there’s more coaches that want to play like that.

‘Maybe the 12s idea is an opportunity for coaches to look at that, and think ‘maybe we could play more of an expansive game’.’

Care believes the world is the fly-half's oyster after impressive showings this summer

Care believes the world is the fly-half’s oyster after impressive showings this summer

On the bold plan to launch a 12-a-side franchise tournament next year, Care thinks players would be keen to play, if they were able to.

‘I can see issues with it, like player release, clubs and unions not wanting them to play it, but I do see the sport needing change,’ he added.

‘If you watch the majority of Test matches at the moment if New Zealand and France aren’t playing then it doesn’t really excite me, I’ll be honest with you.

‘If we can bring more money into the sport and attract more who want to play it then it’s only a good thing for the game.’

Care thinks players would be keen to play in the World 12s, which former New Zealand boss Steve Hansen is one of the backers of

Care thinks players would be keen to play in the World 12s, which former New Zealand boss Steve Hansen is one of the backers of

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