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Lancaster lays down law for Care

England coach Stuart Lancaster has warned Danny Care he risks wasting his international career following a third drink-related arrest in the space of three months.

Care, the Harlequins scrum-half, was cautioned by British Transport police after being caught urinating on the steps of a Leeds hotel in the early hours of Saturday. It is thought his arrest outside a Weybridge bar in December was related to the same offence, while he is currently suspended from England duty following a conviction for drink-driving.

Lancaster, who has known Care since his days as a teenager in the academy set-up at Leeds, said: "It is another unfortunate incident that could and should have been avoided. I'll be meeting him as soon as possible about the decisions he's making and how it's affecting his chances of coming back and playing for England."

He added: "We need to do that to make sure we rebuild the trust and we need to do that.

"I don't think he's got a long-term problem. I want to sit down with him like Conor (O'Shea, Harlequins director of rugby) to make sure he makes better decisions in the future.

"Long term I think he's got a future (with England) but short term obviously we made the decision he would not take part in the Six Nations and nothing has changed."

Care blamed this latest incident on a "small bladder" rather than "excessive drinking" and he said: "I am working hard on and off the pitch to overcome my issues and while this is another small setback I will continue to do that."

O'Shea said: "After last Friday evening's match at Newcastle, our players were given a week off and Danny went to spend a few days with his parents at their home in Leeds.

"On Saturday evening, he went out with some friends in the city and took a taxi home. He was caught short and stopped the taxi to relieve himself. The situation Danny finds himself in is unfortunate and is one that could and should have been avoided.

"We have no intention of doing anything other than supporting Danny and continuing to work with him so he understands his position and the decisions he makes."


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