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England on verge of 'something special' - Danny Care

RBS SIX NATIONS: Scotland v England
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh Date: Saturday 13 March Kick-off: 1700 GMT
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Danny Care
Care made his England debut in 2008 against New Zealand

Scrum-half Danny Care believes England are ready to produce "something really special" in their Calcutta Cup match against Scotland on Saturday.

Martin Johnson's side have been dogged by an inability to finish try-scoring chances but will be looking to avoid a third straight defeat at Murrayfield.

"We're working hard in training on that last finishing touch," said Care.

"And when it does click I think it will be something really special. Hopefully we can do that this weekend."

England have failed to score a try in either of their previous two Calcutta Cup matches at Murrayfield, but the Harlequins number nine is adamant that will change on Saturday.


"We have shown glimpses of how good we can be. We have just lacked a clinical edge in finishing off the tries," he continued.

And the 23-year-old was quick to defend half-back partner Jonny Wilkinson, who has come under criticism in recent weeks.

"I think Jonny and I are improving every week. He is obviously the best 10 I have ever worked with. It is great to have him outside you," stated Care.

"Ireland were very good at getting over the ball and slowing it down. It is frustrating when you are playing against players like that because you want the ball on a plate and you have to dig for it a bit.

"This week we have worked a lot on our contact skills and our ruck drills and hopefully we can take that into the game and get some quick ball."

This week we've worked a lot on our contact skills and our ruck drills - hopefully we can take that into the game and get some quick ball

Danny Care

England full-back Delon Armitage was more succinct.

"We've got players whose strength is coming from deep and beating players and we haven't used them. We've talked about it but we haven't done it," said Armitage.

"We can't keep saying we're going to use it. There's no better time than right now to do it."

England lie second in the Six Nations table, two points behind leaders France, with two games remaining.

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Youngs shock at England elevation
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Johnson ponders England approach
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England 16-20 Ireland
27 Feb 10 |  Rugby Union
Johnson demands more from England
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Johnson rues missed opportunities
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Greenwood backs Care for England
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