DANNY Care is urging Altrincham Grammar School to give it their all at the 75th anniversary of the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens next week – insisting you never know where it might take you.
Care may have just helped England finish second in this year’s Six Nations but his first foray into international rugby came in the shorter format of the game, helping the national Sevens team win silver at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne.
He hasn’t forgotten those early days and, while he is straight back into domestic duties with Harlequins, he will be keeping an eye out for the next generation at next week’s Rosslyn Park Sevens, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary.
And with Sevens now on the Olympic programme for the Rio 2016 Games, 27-year-old Care believes Altrincham Grammar School should give the competition everything they have got with the future of the sport only set to get bigger and better.
“I have some unbelievable memories of my time in the Sevens game and I am sure the guys at Altrincham Grammar School will have a great time down at Rosslyn Park and it could be the start of something special for them,” said Care, HSBC Ambassador for the Rosslyn Park HSBC National Schools Sevens.
“I went to some amazing places with England Sevens, all around the world, and made some great friends and played with some unbelievable players that went on to do great things – guys like Mathew Tait, David Strettle, Luke Narraway and Tom Varndell for example.
“It led to me winning a silver for England which was the highlight of my Sevens career and now with it being in the Olympics it is a great opportunity for guys to go on and represent Great Britain and win some silverware for their country.
“Tournaments such as the Rosslyn Park Sevens are crucial for starting that journey and it could lead to an Olympics so best of luck to Altrincham Grammar School.”
During his time at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley, Care didn’t turn out at the Rosslyn Park Sevens but he wished he could have with the Care seeing it as the perfect opportunity to hammer home some regional dominance.
“I unfortunately never got to play in the Rosslyn Park Sevens as my school weren’t in it when I was there but I would have loved to,” he added.
“As a northerner there was nothing better than getting one over the southerners and that is the great thing about the competition, it gives you that competitive edge from an early age.”
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