LITESPORT DANNY CARE is happy to be one of those rare commodities in modern rugby an injury-free Englishman looking forward to the autumn internationals. WithMartinJohnsonscasualty list now at 12 and counting, it was no surprise when the Harlequins scrum-half was to be found yes- terday at a gathering to launch theofficialinsurancepartnerof the Guinness Premiership, a company called QBE. But Care refuses to bleat about the risks of playing professional rugby -- and will use the current crisis to claim the England No9 shirt from Leicester scrum-half Harry Ellis who is, naturally, crocked at the moment. Before tomorrows Guinness Premiership clash against Worcester at Sixways, Care said: I hope to be there or thereabouts with England but its Martin Johnsons call. There is always pressure to perform and I think thats great and we have a number of good scrum-halves all pressing for the England spot including London Irish No9 Paul Hodgson (below), Ellis, Micky Youngs and Joe Simpson. Youcannotrestonyourlaurels and its down to me to perform well every week. Care, still just 22, has featured in 11 of Englands previous 13 Tests and helped Quins earn a second place finish in the P r e m i e r s h i p l a s t season. But Quins are strug- gling in the Premier- s h i p s i n c e t h e Bloodgate departure of boss Dean Richards in the summer -- and they slumped to defeat against Toulouse last week, turning a 14-0 lead into a 23-19 Heineken Cup loss. Care said: Weknowthe team isnt performing well, but you dont say its down to this or that reason, its a collective responsibility and I know that when we click, we are one of the best teams in Europe. We are now starting two very important weeks with theawaygameatWorcesterand then London Irish at home. Wearereallyexcitedabout these two games and, hope- fully, we can get the season going again. Welooksomuchbetterwhen we play with pace and there were a couple of chances that got away against Toulouse. Itsallabouttheexecutionin thefinalthirdof thepitch.John Kingston, the head coach, is doing really well. Of course, you do miss a personalitylikeDeano.Wehear names,butwillwaitfortheclub to announce something. Our priority is to get things right on the pitch. London Lite Thursday, 22 October 2009 39 Inbrief Westwood and Casey do battle GOLFS battle for the Race to Dubai title will continue at next months Hong Kong Open after leader Lee Westwood and Paul Casey confirmed their participation. Westwood holds a narrow advantage over Rory McIlroy, who will also tee off at Fanling. Westwood said: I understand its a tight, old-style course that places a lot of emphasis on accuracy so hopefully it will suit my game. Water chance to watch Phelps MICHAEL PHELPS will compete in Britain for the first time in December when the USA take on a European Select team at the British Gas Duel in the Pool. The 14-time Olympic gold medal winner will be part of the USteam for the event, which will be held at the Manchester Aquatics Centre. Becky Adlington, a double Olympic champion from Beijing, said: To be able to Michael Phelps in the UK for the first time, is amazing. A-Hoy there! Chris is back SIR CHRIS HOY made a winning return to competitive action at the National Track Cycling Championships in Manchester. The four-time Olympic champion, who missed the World Championships with a serious hip injury, set a new track record of 9.90 seconds as he qualified quickest in the mens sprint at the Velodrome today against fellow Olympic medallists Ross Edgar and Jason Kenny. Eastmond just glad to be here KYLE EASTMOND is ready to display his full range of talents for England in their Gillette Four Nations opener against France at Doncaster tomorrow night. The versatility of the uncapped 20- year-old has earned him a place on the bench ahead of Wigan half- back Sam Tomkins. My versatility is what has got me in there, he admitted. Im not sure where Tony Smith is going to pick me -- Im not bothered to tell the truth. Dodgers fall to super Phillies THE Philadelphia Phillies secured a second straight trip to baseballs World Series by beating the Los Angeles Dodgers 10-4 to clinch the best-of-seven National League Championship Series 4-1. Jayson Werth slammed two homers as the Phillies became the first team to reach back-to-back World Series since the New York Yankees eight years ago. Tonight: LA Angels v NY Yankees, ESPN America, 0.30am. Yankees lead ALCS 3-1. Intensive Care ready for the full treatment BY NEAL COLLINS GUINNESS PREMIERSHIP Saturday BathvNewcastle(2.15pm) GloucestervWASPS (5.35pm,SkySports1) LONDONIRISHvLeicester (3.15pm,SkySports2) NhamptonvSale(3pm) WorcestervHARLEQUINS, (3pm) Sunday SARACENSvLeedsCarn (3pm) WEEKEND FIXTURES Injury-free Danny is out to get Englands No9 shirt Insurance needed: Care, Delon Armitage, Simon Shaw and Michael Owen in London yesterday Irish No9 Paul Hodgson (below), JoeandYoungsMickyEllis, laurelsyouronrestcannotYou and its down to me to perform well every week. 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