Saturday, 24 March 2012
The Danny Care saga has taken a new twist with his questioning over an alleged assault in Leeds earlier this month. The self destruct button is seemingly being pressed very hard at the moment by the 25 year old scrum half and his latest visit to a police station is the fourth encounter with the men in blue in the last three months. He might have claimed that a small bladder rather than excessive drinking was the reason for his public act of urinating but he could not escape a sixteen month driving ban for his New Year's Eve antics.
A loss of his professional status may just be the answer and lower any expectations about his behaviour among fellow players, coaches and fans at Harlequins as well as within the England squad. A few beers after the game, some drinking games in to the early evening, late night out on the town and an early hours kebab could be the norm. Training might be optional although it could help after a heavy session. Amateur status would also offer a whole new take on pre-match preparation.
So is amateur status the answer? At least it would clarify the fact that Care at the moment is finding it very hard to behave and act as if he is a modern day professional rugby player!