Care fined for drunken night

DANNY Care will have to deliver a personal cheque to a cancer charity after being made an example of by Harlequins director of rugby Conor O’Shea. The England scrum-half was fined an undisclosed but “significant” amount by Harlequins after he was arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

The 24-year-old was detained at 3am on Saturday in Weybridge following Harlequins’ 21-10 Heineken Cup defeat by Toulouse. He was released without charge and paid a fixed penalty fine. O’Shea believes the off-field incidents that dogged England’s World Cup campaign contributed to Care’s arrest creating bigger headlines than it deserved.

But Care did break the agreed team rules that have underpinned Harlequins’ successful start to the season.

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O’Shea said: “We wanted to make a point to the whole group. We are very much driven by the values which all the players signed up to. From the players’ point of view, they are in a new world. They get paid well for it and they have to understand they are role models.

“We wanted to act to make a point that the values we have up there on the wall are not just words.”

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