Rugby player given drink-drive ban

A rugby player has been fined £3,100 and given a 16-month driving ban after admitting drink-driving.

Danny Care, 25, who is a scrum-half for Harlequins, was stopped at Winchester services on the M3 in Hampshire on the early hours of New Year's Day.

Southampton magistrates heard that the player was excluded from England's Six Nations squad following the incident, and came three weeks after he had been fined for being drunk and disorderly.

On New Year's Eve, hours before the arrest, Care tweeted: "2012 is hopefully going to be a massive year... Earn respect. Earn the shirt. Set the example."

Care admitted drink-driving, with the court being told his breath test showed 77mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - more than twice the legal limit of 35mg.

Care was fined £3,000, ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £15 victim surcharge fee.

Copyright Press Association 2012