FORMER Huddersfield Giants rugby league coach and player Garry Schofield has been banned from driving for two years.
The ex-Great Britain star, now a pub landlord, was caught driving over the legal alcohol limit, a court heard.
Leeds magistrates were told that Schofield swayed and slurred his words as he spoke to the officers who pulled over his car.
Schofield, 38, was one of 20 Super League players whose faces were last year chosen to adorn crime-fighting cards given to youngsters at rugby matches.
The cards carry a variety of anti-crime messages about issues such as drugs and bullying.
Schofield, who admitted drink driving, was stopped by police as he drove a white Rover along at 20mph in a 60mph zone in Rothwell, near Leeds.
A breathalyser test at the police station showed he had 74 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Mr Sean Cluderay, for Schofield, said his client had no previous convictions for similar offences in the last 10 years and the reason he was driving slowly was because the road had speed bumps.
Mr Cluderay said: "Sunday is his night off and he had been out that evening at a friend's and consumed some wine.
"He received a phone call indicating there were problems at the pub and, without reflecting on the alcohol he had consumed in the afternoon, he made the decision to drive the car back to the pub."
The court heard Schofield was a single parent of a 17-year-old daughter and 14-year-old son, who plays rugby and whom he drove to training.
Mr Cluderay also said Schofield carried out charity work and drew a salary of £300 a week from his Leeds pub, although trade was "not ideal".
Schofield was told he could reduce his disqualification period by six months if he undertook a rehabilitation course.
After the case, Schofield said: "It was a big mistake and I don't encourage drink-driving whatsoever.
"It has just been a mistake and I am sorry it has happened."