Age is no barrier to Danny Kare after England recall against Barbarians

Danny Kahr’s attacking instincts put him on the brink of a return to England in Sunday’s international fixture against the Barbarians at Twickenham.

were selected on the bench as scrum cover for starting Harry Randall nearly four years after he made the last of his 84 Test appearances when he fell out with Eddie Jones.

The 35-year-old’s electric form for the Harlequins over the past two seasons has earned him a recall, and Jones considers his offensive influence ideal for the speed of today’s game.

“I have always liked Danny as a player. He played for me a lot of tests in the beginning, from 2016 to 2018,” Jones said.

“He has the ability to jump at half-time and make sure that the attack continues, which, given the speed of the ball in today’s game, is invaluable. And he’s a good character.

“Since he was in the camp, he was fantastic, really rejuvenated, his walk was quick and his eyes sparkled. He’s a little wiser than he used to be, so that’s really positive.”

What role Care will play in Jones’ post-Sunday plans remains unclear as the England manager declined to say if he would be involved in next month’s tour to Australia.


Danny Kare is one of the most dangerous offensive players in the Premier League (Stephen Paston/PA).

By the time the next World Championship starts, he will be 36 years old and in the scrum hierarchy behind at least Randall and Ben Youngs, but Jones has refused to close any doors.

“The only thing we’re worried about this week is the barbarians. We’ll finish with the barbarians, and then we’ll tour Australia. I know it sounds boring, but that’s the way it is,” Jones said.

“I don’t think age matters. It’s about his desire to want to get better and whether he can physically do it. Certainly he hasn’t shown us anything objectionable this week.

“It’s good for our young players to hang out with guys like Courtney Lowes, Johnny May and Danny Kare.

“They have the wisdom of experience and can share situations with them, share their feelings, share the potential disadvantages or advantages of certain behaviors.”

London Irish sensation Henry Arundell saw his season breakthrough become a sticking point when muscle strain ruled him out of contention for Sunday, though he could still be taken to Australia.

Randall has been named vice-captain of Tom Curry’s team and is partnered by Marcus Smith at linebacker.

Johnny May and Joe Kokanashiga are drafted on the wing after an injury absence and play outside of the central partnership of Mark Atkinson and Joe Marchand.

Johnny Hill’s leg injury meant he missed out on the Six Nations, but he returned to the second row with Curry, Sam Underhill and Alex Dombrandt forming a strong back row.

“We look forward to playing against the extraordinary French Barbarian team that you normally only get when you play as the French Barbarians,” Jones said.

“We will use this as an opportunity to develop combinations and evaluate players for the Australian tour.”