Dylan Hartley

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Dylan Hartley
Dylan Hartley, Twickenham - May 2012.jpg
Full name Dylan Michael Hartley
Date of birth (1986-03-24) 24 March 1986 (age 29)
Place of birth Rotorua, New Zealand
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight 110 kg (17 st 5 lb)[1]
School Rotorua Boys' High School
Beacon Community College
Rugby union career
Current status
Current team Northampton Saints
Playing career
Position Hooker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
Worcester Warriors
Northampton Saints
correct as of 12 April 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
England Saxons
correct as of 21 March 2015.

Dylan Hartley (born 24 March 1986) is a New Zealand born rugby union footballer who plays at hooker for Northampton Saints, and England.

Early career[edit]

Hartley was born in New Zealand, but qualifies to play for England through his English mother. He moved to Crowborough, East Sussex in 2002 and enjoyed the game through local teams and the Beacon Rugby Academy, where he competed with English, Scottish and Italian rugby hopefuls before being picked for Sussex and later divisional and England schoolboys.

Domestic career[edit]

Hartley joined Worcester Warriors academy, representing the senior side just once in the 2004–05 European Challenge Cup.[2] Hartley joined the Senior Academy of Northampton Saints in the summer of 2005.[3]

Hartley started in a 2006–07 Heineken Cup quarter final victory over Biarritz Olympique.[4] That season, Northampton were relegated from the Premiership.[5]

The following season Northampton won the EDF Energy Trophy[6] and secured promotion from the RFU Championship.[7] Hartley started for Northampton as they defeated Bourgoin in the final of 2008–09 European Challenge Cup.[8] On 22 July 2009, Hartley was made Northampton Saints captain, replacing Bruce Reihana.[9]

Hartley captained the Northampton Saints losing sides in the 2011 Heineken Cup Final and also the 2013 English Premiership Final before going on to lift the trophy the following year when Northampton won the 2014 Premiership final against Saracens.

On 17 December 2014 Northampton Saints announced that Hartley had extended his contract for a further 3 years, despite a more lucrative offer from French side Montpellier, with Hartley citing his desire to remain playing for his only senior club as a deciding factor.[citation needed]

International career[edit]

Hartley represented England at the 2005 Under 21 Rugby World Championship.[10] In February 2007, Hartley made his debut for the England Saxons, against Italy A.[11]

Senior Team[edit]

Hartley received his first cap for England during the 2008 end of year rugby tests against the Pacific Islanders.[12] Hartley made his first start for England against Argentina at Old Trafford in June 2009.[13]

In December 2014 Hartley was banned for another three weeks, bringing the tally over his professional career to fifty weeks. Saints Coach Jim Mallinder has stated that time is running out on Hartley to improve his discipline.


Hartley has also become infamous for his lack of control on the pitch and has been suspended from the game six times for acts of indiscipline. In April 2007 Hartley was banned for 26 weeks for eye-gouging Wasps forwards James Haskell and Jonny O'Connor.[14] Hartley worked with sports psychiatrist Steve Peters.[15] He was banned again in March 2012 for 8 weeks for biting Ireland forward Stephen Ferris in a Six Nations match.[16] Then in December 2012 he was banned for two weeks for punching Ulster hooker Rory Best in a Heineken Cup match.[17] In May 2013 Hartley was sent off in the Aviva Premiership final and banned for 11 weeks after being found guilty of verbally abusing a match official.[18] This act cost Hartley his place in the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.[19][20]

In the December of 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 disgraced himself again, being found guilty of an off the ball headbutt on 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.[21]

This is the sixth suspension of Hartley's checkered career in his adopted country.

On 29 May 2015 Stuart Lancaster (England Coach) confirmed that Hartley would be dropped from the England training squad his position taken by Saracen's Jamie George .

Charity Work[edit]

Hartley is well known for his charity work as an ambassador of the Matt Hampson Foundation as well as captaining a team in November 2013, the 'Front Mo Union' which raised in the region of £44,000 for men's health charities.


  1. ^ "RFU Official Site of the RFU, Governing Body of Rugby Union in England". web page. RFU. Retrieved 21 August 2011. 
  2. ^ – Dylan Hartley "Statbunker" Check |url= scheme (help). STATBUNKER. 16 June 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2014. 
  3. ^ "Academy signs England U19s duo Dylan Hartley and Alex Rae". Northampton Saints. 5 May 2005. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  4. ^ "Biarritz 6–7 Northampton". BBC Sport. 1 April 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  5. ^ "Premiership final day". BBC Sport. 28 April 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  6. ^ "Saints seal league and cup double". BBC Sport. 14 April 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  7. ^ "Northampton return to top flight". BBC Sport. 22 March 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  8. ^ "Northampton 15–3 Bourgoin". BBC Sport. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  9. ^ "Saints confirm Hartley as captain". BBC Sport. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  10. ^ "Wales U21 32–57 England U21". BBC Sport. 25 June 2005. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  11. ^ "Saxons outclass Azzuri at Sandy Park". RFU. 2 February 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2010. 
  12. ^ Hodgetts, Rob (8 November 2008). "England 39–13 Pacific Islanders". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  13. ^ "England 37–15 Argentina". BBC Sport. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  14. ^ "Saints withdraw Hartley's appeal". BBC Sport. 25 April 2007. Retrieved 25 April 2007. 
  15. ^ http://www.theguardian.com/sport/2008/may/08/4
  16. ^ "Dylan Hartley receives eight-week ban for biting Stephen Ferris". Retrieved 27 March 2012. 
  17. ^ "Northampton Saints' Dylan Hartley given two-week ban". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 December 2012. 
  18. ^ "Lions 2013: Dylan Hartley set to miss tour after sending off". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 May 2013. 
  19. ^ Rees, Paul (25 May 2013). "Leicester win Premiership final as Northampton's Dylan Hartley sees red". Guardian (London). Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  20. ^ Rees, Paul (28 May 2013). "Dylan Hartley decides not to appeal suspension and will miss Lions tour". Guardian (London). Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  21. ^ "Four-week ban for headbutt for England hooker". BBC. 26 May 2015. 

21. Hartley re-signs at Northampton Saints http://www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/News/TabId/90/ArtMID/526/ArticleID/5495/Seven-re-signings-at-Saints.aspx 22. Hartley gets banned [1]

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