'Hybrid contracts beneficial to English rugby' - Danny Care

Danny Care wants England to retain the best players in the Premiership
Danny Care wants England to retain the best players in the Premiership

Scrum-half Danny Care believes hybrid contracts will be beneficial to English rugby if they manage to keep the best players in the Premiership.

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) and Premiership Rugby are in advanced discussions to establish an agreement that would grant England head coach Steve Borthwick increased authority over approximately 20 players in his squad.

This potential arrangement could provide England's coaching staff with greater influence over the top-tier national team members and potentially serve as a deterrent to these talents pursuing careers with overseas clubs.

"Is there one available for me? Not sure I'll see one!" said the 36-year-old.

"We want to see English players playing in England, I'm definitely right in saying that.

"England need to have their best players in England and if there are ways that we can do it, which might help the club game and help the clubs be more sustainable, then I think the players would be on board with that. Hopefully that can be sorted."

Care's comments comes after English rugby has been facing a crisis with Premiership clubs Worcester Warriors, Wasps and London Irish entering into administration last season while Championship club Jersey Reds have announced they ceased trading and could be liquidated without additional funding.

The England scrum-half emphasizes that certain aspects of this plan, which would be incorporated into the new professional game agreement, such as coordinated conditioning programs and player development initiatives, were set in motion shortly after Borthwick took over from Eddie Jones in December.

"Steve and the coaches are doing that already behind the scenes and they have been doing it since Steve took over the job," Care said.

"If there was more structure to it, that might help everyone but I know Steve is working hard behind the scenes to make sure the clubs are aligned and do the best thing for the players. The wheels are already in motion for that."