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England drops scrumhalf Care over alcohol offenses

Updated: January 04, 2012, 07:30

LONDON(AP) England scrumhalf Danny Care will be left out of the Six Nations squad after being arrested for the second time in three weeks for an alcohol-related offense.

Care failed a drunk-driving test on New Year's Day and will plead guilty when he appears in court on Jan. 16, the Rugby Football Union said Wednesday. Club team Harlequins has fined Care 10,000 pounds ($15,650).

"This is his second arrest in three weeks for alcohol-related offenses and it is completely unacceptable,'' England interim head coach Stuart Lancaster said. "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.''

Care was also fined 80 pounds ($125) by police for being drunk and disorderly after being arrested in the early hours of Dec. 10 following a Harlequins match.

Care said he was "devastated'' not to be selected by England.

"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,'' Care said in a statement on the website of his management company. "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.''

Hours before his latest arrest, Care wrote on his Twitter account that the aim for 2012 was to "earn respect. Earn the shirt. Set the example.''

Care said he will "take the punishment that the courts hand out'' after deciding not to contest the drunk-driving charge.

"I want to bring this to a close swiftly rather than have it hanging over my head for a year or more,'' he said. "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 ... it's now up to me to get my head down, keep playing well and learn from my actions.''

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