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The scrum-half benchmarkJohn GriffithsMarch 25, 2014
Danny Care scored in the first four England matches this year. Has any scrum-half done so in every match of a Five/Six Nations season before? Peter Harrison, England
Danny Care dropped goals against France and Scotland before scoring tries in the wins against Ireland and Wales at Twickenham.
England were relatively late adopting specialist fly- and scrum-half positions in their international teams. In the early days the custom in England was for halves to take one half of the field - left or right - and on "their" side work the scrum AND throw-in to the line-out, while acting as the stand-off and standing at the end of the line-out on the other side.
That changed after the visit of the Original All Blacks in 1905-06. Since then the only specialist England scrum-half who came close to Care's feat of scoring in successive matches within a Championship season was Dewi Morris, who crossed for tries against Scotland, Ireland and then France in 2002, but missed getting on the score-sheet in England's 24-0 win against Wales when they won the Grand Slam.
John Griffiths is a widely respected rugby historian and is the author of several sports books, a regular contributor to the Daily Telegraph and co-author of the IRB International Rugby Yearbook. He has provided insight for Scrum.com since 1999.