“We’ve had it great for the last few years and everything has gone for us – everyone has said how great we are – and now it’s completely turned…”
After suffering a 24-15 defeat at the hands of a Grand Slam winning Irish side in Twickenham on Saturday, Danny Care and his English teammates were forced to watch on as Ireland celebrated their monumental achievement.
Speaking about the moments that followed the agonising loss which saw England finishing in fifth position in the Six Nations table, the Harlequins scrumhalf explained how difficult it was to see the Irish celebrating on their own turf.
Featuring as a guest on the BBC’s Rugby Union Weekly podcast Care also revealed what was discussed in the England dressing room after the final match of a hugely disappointing championship for Eddie Jones’ side.
“It was tough to watch, you know,” Care admitted. “To see a rival team, in your stadium with all their fans still there, lift a trophy that we’d put everything in to win again.”
“We all walked back in, sat back down. Dylan [Hartley, the England captain] stood up and said that the true test of our character is now how we respond to this.
“We’ve had it great for the last few years and everything has gone for us – everyone has said how great we are – and now it’s completely turned. Everyone is saying how bad we are and it’s up to us to stick together. This was the exact message that Dylan first said; and then Eddie [Jones, the England head coach] said.
“Eddie said it was now all about how we react now, when we go back to our clubs and how hard we are going to work to be better players in all departments.”
Not the easiest to talk about but enjoyed being back with the boys @ugomonye @chjones9 talking all things 6 Nations and loads more. Check it out and let us know what you think… https://t.co/Qi70rInnqE
— Danny Care (@dannycare) March 20, 2018
Hat tip: Joe.co.uk