DANNY CARE has lifted the lid on the hotel hierarchy in the England camp.
With ten years’ service and 78 caps to his name, the scrum-half gets a plum room at the Red Rose’s posh Surrey training base where suites cost up to an eye-watering £895-a-night.
His Harlequins team-mate and long-standing roomie Joe Marler is the man in charge of allocating the lodgings, with skipper Dylan Hartley and vice-captain Owen Farrell given the top picks.
From there, it is based on caps as to how good a deal you get.
Care, who had been rooming with hooker Jamie George after prop Marler missed the first two games with a ban, said: “We do have one of the best rooms — it’s one of the benefits of being an elder-statesman of the group.
“Joe normally helps sort out the rooms, but I got to do it the other week with him being away.
“There is a bit of a hierarchy — you do get a better room with more caps and I have a nice little upstairs downstairs room, which is lovely.
“You’re hitting the good rooms when you have close to 100 caps between you. The two big dogs, Dylan and Owen, are in the main house — the big suite in Pennyhill.
“With Dylan being captain and Owen being the best player in the world right now, you’re going to get a decent room.
“But then it’s down to caps, so you have to choose your roomie wisely. I think that’s why Jamie George leaches onto me — he knows I can take him places!
“We’re probably here for two or three months a year, so over the ten years of my career, I must have spent at least two here.”
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Mike Brown is another regular who can often be found living in luxury with Courtney Lawes. The full-back said: “Room service is very policed now and only certain guys have the green flag to use it.
“But I room with Courtney who does a weekly shop every time he goes to camp. He gets Pennyhill to put one of the chest fridge-freezers in his room.
“He’s great for a room-mate if I want a snack.”
Unlike England footballers who have the national centre at St George’s Park, the RFU have no such base to themselves.
It was Clive Woodward who picked Pennyhill Park, the plush five-star hotel and spa, which they have used ever since England won the World Cup under him in 2003.
In 2014 the RFU built a new £2.5million indoor training facility with a state-of-the-art gym on the grounds of the Bagshot hotel.
Yet while it is luxury off the pitch, that is rarely the case on it under boss Eddie Jones.
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Speaking to BBC 5Live’s Rugby Union Weekly podcast, Care, 31, added: “Whenever I tell my wife I’m going back to camp and it’ll be hard work, she doesn’t get it.
“She knows it’s a five-star hotel but doesn’t realise the work we do on the field away from the spa. It is obviously really hard and it’s incredibly tough leaving my family.
“But they understand this is my job and it’s what I love to do.”