17 May 13
Harlequins has confirmed an exciting group of pre-season fixtures as it prepares for the start of the 2013-14 season.
The club is deeply disappointed with Danny's actions and will not tolerate this type of behaviour. The club held an internal investigation on Monday 2nd Jan in conjunction with the England Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster, and will be sanctioning Danny accordingly.
Resulting from enquiries, Danny will not be considered for selection for the England Elite Player Squad and, as a minimum punishment, will miss this year's RBS 6 Nations.
Danny will also be fined £10,000 by the Club and will be required to work on Harlequins' inner city coaching programme until the end of pre-season 2012/13. The Club will also look to work with the RPA to ensure that Danny is given the necessary support and education on alcohol awareness.
Director of Rugby, Conor O'Shea, said "Danny's actions are inexcusable and we are all deeply disappointed and feel very let down. Danny knows what he did is wrong and has accepted the responsibility for his actions. Danny is one of the nicest guys you could meet, and bitterly regrets the damage this incident has done to both his and the Club's reputation"
England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "I have met with Danny and told him that he will not be considered for selection into the Senior or Saxons Elite Player Squads, that are due to be announced on the 11th January, for the forthcoming Six Nations campaign.
"This is his second arrest in three weeks for alcohol related offences, and it is completely unacceptable. We will monitor his progress from this event through Harlequins, and we have every confidence in the club to support him in the right way. At such a time that we feel he can be trusted to behave appropriately, both on and off the field, he will be reconsidered for selection, but this will not be until the conclusion of the Six Nations."
Danny Care said: "I do accept that I made a very bad decision on the evening in question and need to take the punishment that the courts hand out. I have decided not to contest the charge as I want to bring this to a close swiftly, rather than have it hanging over my head for a year or more.
"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.
"I am devastated not to be selected for the Elite Player Squad for the Six Nations as I felt I had been playing near the top of my game with Quins. However, I wish the team, and the other number 9s who come in to play, the best of luck as playing for your country is the highest honour in the game and I will miss it hugely. It's now up to me to get my head down, keep playing well and learn from my actions.
"Quins and Stuart have been very supportive and I totally accept their sanctions. 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 few weeks. 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"