Union stars Cipriani and Care eye rugby league switch

England rugby union stars Danny Cipriani and Danny Care are interested in playing rugby league in the future.

The revelation comes from Warrington’s new signing Luther Burrell who revealed all in an interview with the Daily Mirror’s Gareth Walker.

Having switched codes himself, Burrell explained how numerous players in the 15-man code are intrigued by the prospect of testing themselves at league.

“I was telling Steve Price on my way to the media conference, I had Danny Care asking if he needs any half-backs,” Burrell told the Mirror.

“He’s one of a few — Danny Cipriani asked if he would be good, and I said he would. Unfortunately, he’s re-signed for Gloucester, but said he’d love to try his hand at it.”

Both players have represented England since 2008 with Care, who started his career at Leeds Tykes in 2003, racking up 81 caps for his country.

Care is in fact born and bred in Leeds and he is one of a vast number of the current England rugby union side that originate from rugby league heartlands.

Wire new boy Burrell went further with his comments explaining how union players not only love watching league, but they have copied many traits from the 13-man game.

“We would watch Super League matches in union,” he explained. “When you see these wingers scoring with one-handed finishes, the lads love it and they go mad for it.

“There’s a stigma surrounding it and people seem to think union players don’t like it, but they do.

“We had started to use similar traits – as a centre, a lot of our back plays are based on league structures.

“There’s a lot of learning to be had from league, and as I say, the perception is a good one.”

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