Thursday, January 5, 2012

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 England rugby coach hopes axed Care can return

LOUGHBOROUGH, England — England interim head coach Stuart Lancaster said he hoped Danny Care could return as a "world-class" player after dropping the scrum-half from his Six Nations squad following fresh drinking controversy.

England's wretched World Cup campaign in New Zealand was compounded by a series of unsavoury alcohol-related incidents, including Mike Tindall's infamous night out in Queenstown.
Yet despite the tournament -- which Care missed through injury --- throwing a harsh spotlight on players' behaviour, the Harlequins number nine found himself involved in two drinking incidents in the space of three weeks.

Care was arrested and fined for being drunk and disorderly early on December 10, following Harlequins' European Cup defeat by Toulouse -- an incident that saw him reprimanded by Lancaster.
But Lancaster, who has known Care since working with him at Leeds' academy, decided more severe punishment was required after Care was arrested for drink driving in the early hours of New Year's Day.
Care has been in superb form for Premiership leaders Harlequins and would have been included in Lancaster's squad for the Six Nations, due to be announced next week.
However Lancaster, appointed following Martin Johnson's post World Cup resignation, said he had no choice but to act as he did.-


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