Care arrested for third time following drink-related incident


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Danny Care, the Harlequins and England scrum-half, was arrested again yesterday for a drink-related incident, his third such brush with the police since the beginning of December.

In events that will place a question mark over his future career, Care was detained by police in the early hours of yesterday while on a night out in the centre of Leeds. He was allegedly urinating against a building, arrested for being drunk and disorderly, and later cautioned.

The 25-year-old was dropped from the England Six Nations squad in January after a drink-driving incident on New Year's Day. Care was later fined £3,100 and banned from driving for 16 months. He was also arrested in December and fined £80 for being drunk and disorderly on a night out in Weybridge, Surrey.

Meanwhile, the new Rugby Football Union chief executive, Ian Ritchie, has said that he is in no hurry to appoint a new England head coach, but would like the new man to lead the team to South Africa in June.

Ritchie confirmed this week that the interim coach, Stuart Lancaster, would be interviewed for the permanent post before the end of the Six Nations Championship on 17 March. Nick Mallett and Eddie O'Sullivan are thought to be the other names in the frame to succeed Martin Johnson. Ritchie said his priority was getting the right man.

He told BBC Radio Five Live's Sportsweek programme: "There's no magic date that we have to appoint anybody by. What I've said is that, in an ideal world, and I stress even that, we would like to have someone in place to coach on the tour to South Africa in the summer.

"The date is not the be all and end all. By far the most important thing is to get the right candidate, the right person. But I certainly want to move forward on it as quickly as we can."

Lancaster has made an encouraging start in the job, with wins over Scotland and Italy and a narrow loss to Wales, but Ritchie said he would not be judged just by results.

"Comments being made about if he wins three he gets the job, if he loses three he doesn't I think are rather simplistic," said the former Wimbledon chief executive. "What you have to do is try to make the best assessment you can overall. We have a timetable, Stuart was appointed to be the interim head coach for the Six Nations Championship, he's very well aware of that, and I think he's doing a good job in putting his best foot forward."

Meanwhile, Sam Warburton has said that he want Wales to be "ruthless" against Italy on Saturday, in order to send their Six Nations title rivals, France, a clear message. The overwhelming majority of Welsh supporters have one eye on a title decider when Les Bleus arrive in Cardiff later this month.

"It is about being ruthless next weekend," Warburton said. "It's a great opportunity to send a message out to France that we are not messing around. A good impressive win over the Italians and trying to get some negative thoughts in [France's] mind coming to Cardiff means a ruthless performance against the Italians would be good."