HARLEQUINS and England can look forward to a much more mature Danny Care from now on, according to his delighted club boss.
Conor O'Shea described the scrum-half's performance in the Aviva Premiership final as 'incredible' and singled out his troubled star for praise following a typically hyperactive performance that went a long way towards earning Quins their first title.
Care missed the semi-final against Northampton through injury and has an ever-growing rap-sheet for off-field misdemeanours. But he is on his way to South Africa with England soon - a winners medal from Twickenham in his kit-bag - and O'Shea is delighted for him.
“I thought he was incredible today, buzzing around and creating gaps,” said the Quins boss.
“DC's the first to admit he's made mistakes. He's had a lot to cope with. He's a young man and made some mistakes that were unforgivable, but young men are going to make mistakes and as long as you've got people like Chris Robshaw and people who are willing to support each other, I think you'll see a much more mature and better Danny Care in the years to come.
“He's only 25 and he's learnt some hard lessons and hopefully he's going to repay the faith that people within the England set-up and Harlequins have shown him.
“I keep saying about Danny, you could not come across a nicer bloke. He's made mistakes, but there's not a bad bone in that guy's body. All scrum halves need to be cheeky, but he has to control where he's cheeky.”