Quins boss O'Shea backs Care over Leeds arrest

First published in Rugby Union

Harlequins director of rugby Conor O'Shea has insisted scrum half Danny Care still has his full backing, despite a third arrest in three months.

The 25-year-old was cautioned by police for being drunk and disorderly after urinating outside the Queens Hotel in Leeds in the early hours of Sunday morning following a night out with friends in the city.

In January, Care was fined a total of £3,100 and banned from driving for 16 months after pleading guilty to drinking and driving in the early hours of New Year's Day.

While in December last year, he was arrested and fined for being drunk and disorderly outside Bar Noir in Weybridge.

On both previous occasions Care was also fined by Harlequins - £10,000 for drink driving and a 'substantial' amount for the incident before Christmas.

O'Shea said he remained fully behind his number nine.

“After last Friday evening’s match at Newcastle, our players were given a week off and Danny went to spend a few days with his parents at their home in Leeds," he said.

“On Saturday evening, he went out with some friends in the city and took a taxi home. He was caught short and stopped the taxi to relieve himself.

“The situation Danny finds himself in is unfortunate and is one that could and should have been avoided.

"We have no intention of doing anything other than supporting Danny and continuing to work with him so he understands his position and the decisions he makes.”

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