Full name Dylan Michael Hartley
Date of birth 24 March 1986
Place of birth Rotorua, New Zealand
Height 1.85 m
Weight 110 kg
Hartley was named captain of England in January 2016, prior to the 2016 Six Nations. Hartley captained England to the Grand Slam in 2016.
Dylan Hartley has called on England to finish the Six Nations job against Ireland and then take aim at rugby’s No 1 ranking.
Eddie Jones’ side beat Scotland 61-21 on Saturday to secure the title and equal New Zealand’s record of 18 consecutive Test wins..
Victory in Dublin on Saturday would mean the outright record and a second straight Grand Slam, but captain Hartley says England’s ambitions extend way beyond next weekend.
Hartley has become infamous for acts of indiscipline.
In April 2007 Hartley was banned for 26 weeks for making contact with the eye of Wasps forwards James Haskell and Jonny O’Connor.
He was banned again in March 2012 for 8 weeks for biting Ireland forward Stephen Ferris in a Six Nations match.
Then in December 2012 he was banned for two weeks for punching Ulster hooker Rory Best in a Heineken Cup match.
In May 2013 Hartley was sent off in the Aviva Premiership final against Leicester and banned for 11 weeks after being found guilty of verbally abusing a match official.This act cost Hartley his place in the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.
In December 2014, Hartley was banned for three weeks for an elbowing offence in the match against Leicester Tigers. His elbow made contact with the nose of winger Matt Smith.
In May 2015, Hartley was found guilty of making contact with the head of opposite number Jamie George in the semi-final English premiership loss to Saracens at Franklin’s Gardens. He was found guilty by the citing commissioner and banned for four weeks, putting his England Rugby World Cup 2015 selection in jeopardy, as he would be unavailable for the first week of the tournament.
On 29 May 2015 Stuart Lancaster (England Coach) confirmed that Hartley would be dropped from the England training squad, he was replaced by the receiver of his headbutt, Saracen’s Jamie George.
Despite his disciplinary record, in 2016 new England coach Eddie Jones named Hartley as England captain, believing that his experience as Northampton captain, his passionate and aggressive approach to the game, gave him the qualities to lead the England team.
In December 2016, he was banned for 6 weeks having caught Leinster Rugby player Sean O’Brien with a swinging arm to the back of the head in a European Champions’ Cup game.
In total, Hartley has accumulated 60 weeks of bans since 2011.
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