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Care out of RBS 6 Nations after arrest on suspicion of drink driving

04 January 2012

  • England scrum half Danny Care banned for 2012 RBS 6 Nations
  • Harlequins No.9 arrested on suspicion of drink driving on New Year's Day
England and Harlequins scrum half Danny Care in action during the Rugby World Cup warm up against Wales in Cardiff

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England and Harlequins have taken action following Danny Care’s arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol in the early morning of New Year’s Day.

Danny will appear in court on January 16 and will be pleading guilty to the charge.

The club and England are deeply disappointed with Danny’s actions and will not tolerate this type of behaviour.

The club held an internal investigation on Monday, January 2 in conjunction with the England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster and will be sanctioning Danny accordingly.

Resulting from the enquiries Danny will not be considered for selection for the England Elite Player Squads and will miss this year’s RBS 6 Nations as a minimum.

Danny will also be fined £10,000 by Harlequins and will be required to work on the club’s inner city coaching programme until end of pre-season 2012-13.The club will also look to work with the Rugby Players’ Association to ensure Danny is given the necessary support and education around alcohol awareness.

England's Interim Head Coach Stuart Lancaster

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England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "I have met Danny and told him that he will not be considered for selection for the Senior or Saxons Elite Player Squads that are due to be announced on the January 11 for the forthcoming Six Nations campaign.

"This is his second arrest in three weeks for alcohol related offences and it is completely unacceptable. We will monitor his progress from this event through Harlequins and we have every confidence in the club to support him in the right way.

"At such a time that we feel he can be trusted to behave appropriately on and off the field then he will be reconsidered for selection, but this will not be until the conclusion of the Six Nations as a minimum.”

Harlequins Director of Rugby Conor O’Shea said: "Danny’s actions are inexcusable and we are all deeply disappointed and feel let down. Danny has made a huge error of judgement, but knows what he did is wrong and has accepted the responsibility of his actions.”

Danny Care said: "I do accept that I made a very bad decision on the evening in question and need to take the punishment that the courts hand out. I have decided not to contest the charge as I want to bring this to a close swiftly rather than have it hanging over my head for a year or more.

"I would stress though that at no time did I think I had drunk enough to be over the legal limit. However I should not have got into the car and have to accept the consequences of that action.

"I am devastated not to be selected for the Elite Player Squad for the Six Nations as I felt I had been playing near the top of my game with Quins. However I wish the team, and the other number 9s who come in to play the best of luck as playing for your country is the highest honour in the game and I will miss it hugely. It’s now up to me to get my head down, keep playing well and learn from my actions.

"Quins and Stuart have been very supportive and I totally accept their sanctions. I do understand the need for England players to be role models in the game and have tried to live up to that at all times, but have made a couple of stupid decisions in the past weeks. I can only hope for the chance in the future to prove those decisions were the exception not the rule. I am devastated because my actions have let so many people down."