Care: We will not be bullied

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England scrum-half Danny Care warned Australia he will not be pushed around in Saturday's Cook Cup showdown at Twickenham.

Care and Danny Cipriani, both just 21, started their first Test together in the half-backs against the Pacific Islanders last week and they orchestrated a comfortable 39-13 victory.

The Wallabies, with the tricky Matt Giteau feeding powerful centres Stirling Mortlock and Ryan Cross, will be an altogether tougher prospect.

Care expects to be targeted by the Wallabies - but the former Sheffield Wednesday trainee vowed to give as good as he gets by setting England's blistering runners free.

"In any game the opposition will come at the nine and 10. Danny and I are a bit younger so they will probably try to get us a bit more - but that is the environment we are in and we have to stand that pressure," said Care.

"We had been looking forward to playing with each other for a long time. There are a few things we want to iron out but that is only natural.

"We can go better this week. With the new rules you need to have pace in the game and our back three are electric.

"That is obviously something England can add to their traditional game."

Care is the heartbeat of the Harlequins attacking structure and he has been given similar licence by England to play "heads-up rugby".

That was evident last weekend. He darted around the fringes, linked with the lineout to set up Nick Kennedy's try and took a quick tap inside England's 22 which led to Ugo Monye streaking down the left wing and Cipriani scoring his first Test try.

"We play like that at Quins. The coaches have given us a big responsibility to play what we see and that is ecxactly the same as Brian sees it," said Care.

"It is great to have a coach like that around you, so you know that if you try things you won't get chopped for it the next week.

"We can try things but we need to be sensible as well."

By the time England won the World Cup in 2003, Matt Dawson and Kieron Bracken had been battling for the starting scrum-half jersey for the best part of a decade.

Harry Ellis and Care are at the start of a similar journey.

Care is currently in the hot-seat but he knows there is no room for complacency with Ellis finally fit again after knee ligament damage forced him to miss most of last season.

"It is going to be tough but I want to play as long as possible for England and as many times as I can," said Care.

"It is great to have competition. The likes of Harry, we can learn off each other. It is a great friendly rivalry, which is good."

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