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Lancaster stands firm on discipline


Stuart Lancaster

Stuart Lancaster

Stuart Lancaster

England boss Stuart Lancaster has reiterated his no-nonsense approach towards players who step out of line.

It follows London Irish back Delon Armitage's arrest after an alleged assault in a Torquay nightclub over the weekend, and it comes in the same month that Harlequins scrum-half Danny Care was told that he would not be considered for England Six Nations selection this season.

Care was arrested for drink-driving on New Year's Day. He subsequently appeared before Southampton magistrates, where he admitted a drink-driving charge. He was fined £3,000 and banned from driving for 16 months.

"I don't think any team dynamics go in a straight line diagonally upwards," said Lancaster, who will take charge of England for the first time in the RBS 6 Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield.

"Things happen along the way. What is important is the reaction to the action. It's how you deal with it and the message.

"And certainly the message that we want to give is that this sort of behaviour isn't tolerated. If players can't work that out, then they won't be selected or they will be suspended or deselected."

Interim head coach Lancaster has already stated that he will apply for the England job full-time, and he added: "Obviously, the England head coach's job requires the England head coach to win rugby games.

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"But if you look at the job spec as it's been advertised, there is certainly a wider brief that exists way beyond winning rugby games."

Armitage, 28, has been suspended from the England Saxons elite player squad after his arrest, the Rugby Football Union said. He was banned from playing on four separate rugby-related occasions last year.

He was detained by Devon and Cornwall Police following an incident early on January 29, and later released on bail. He had started at full-back when England Saxons beat the Irish Wolfhounds 23-17 in Exeter on Saturday.