Dylan Hartley

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Dylan Hartley
Dylan Hartley, Twickenham - May 2012.jpg
Birth nameDylan Michael Hartley
Date of birth (1986-03-24) 24 March 1986 (age 32)
Place of birthRotorua, New Zealand
Height1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Weight110 kg (17 st 5 lb; 243 lb)[1]
SchoolRotorua Boys' High School
Beacon Community College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker
Current team Northampton Saints
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2005-2006
2006–
Worcester
Northampton Saints
14
250
(5)
(140)
Correct as of 3 April 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007-2008
2008–
England Saxons
England
5
96
(10)
(20)
Correct as of 11 November 2018

Dylan Hartley (born 24 March 1986) is a New Zealand-born English rugby union player who plays at hooker for England and Northampton Saints as co-captain. Hartley has been captain of England since January 2016 and is the country's most capped hooker. He currently co-captains alongside Owen Farrell. Hartley captained England to the Grand Slam in 2016, the first time that England had done this since 2003, and to a 3-0 series win in the 2016 Cook Cup against Australia.

Early career[edit]

Dylan Hartley was born one of three boys (his brothers are Blair and Alex) in Rotorua, a largely rural area in northern New Zealand.[2] He attended Rotorua Boys' High School where he began playing rugby as a loose head prop and graduated in 2002 with teammates, Liam Messam and Kelly Haimona.

Although Hartley was born and grew up in New Zealand, his mother was born in England and he was therefore instantly England qualified.[3] With this in mind and using contacts of his Aunt and Uncle living in Crowborough, England, Dylan set his sights on playing for England. Dylan met with Jon Pass whose father was a rugby coach for a local club and Beacon Academy. Within a couple of weeks of speaking to Jon and Dave Pass, Hartley was on a plane to England. He was just 15 at the time and missed completing his final year of school at Rotorua High.

During his early days in England, it was suggested he make the change from prop to hooker. Hartley's famous dedication and determination kicked in, he drew several chalk targets on a wall and spent hour after hour target practicing to hone his line out skills. His dedication paid off, earning him a call up to the Sussex county set up and trials for England age group rugby.[4]

Domestic career[edit]

Hartley joined Worcester Warriors' academy, representing the senior side just once in the 2004–05 European Challenge Cup.[5] Hartley joined the Senior Academy of Northampton Saints in the summer of 2005.[6]

Hartley started in a 2006–07 Heineken Cup quarter final victory over Biarritz Olympique.[7] That season, Northampton were relegated from the Premiership.[8]

The following season Northampton won the EDF Energy Trophy[9] and secured promotion from the RFU Championship.[10] Hartley started for Northampton saints as they defeated Bourgoin in the final of 2008–09 European Challenge Cup.[11] On 22 July 2009, Hartley was made Northampton Saints captain, replacing Bruce Reihana.[12]

Hartley captained the losing Northampton 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 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 eligible for England selection as a deciding factor.[13]

Most recently Hartley helped Saints secure a place in the Champions Cup for the 2017/18 season as the side saw off Stade Francais in the European Champions Cup play-off final to take the last spot.[14]

International career[edit]

Hartley represented England at the 2005 Under 21 Rugby World Championship.[15] In February 2007, Hartley made his debut for the England Saxons, against Italy A.[16]

Hartley received his first cap for England during the 2008 end of year rugby tests against the Pacific Islanders.[17] Hartley made his first start for England against Argentina at Old Trafford in June 2009.[18]

Hartley was named as the new England captain under Eddie Jones for the 2016 Six Nations Championship, replacing Chris Robshaw. England went on to win the Grand Slam.[19]

He then captained the team who achieved England's first ever away series win against Australia in June 2016, and during the series became England's most capped hooker of all time.[20]

After returning from injury during the 2016/17 season, Hartley was named in the 32-man squad for the 2016 Autumn internationals, and was again appointed captain.[21]

Controversy[edit]

Hartley has had his fair share of disciplinary problems over the years, amounting to a total of 60 banned weeks since 2007.[22]

In April 2007 Hartley was banned for 26 weeks for making contact with the eye of Wasps forwards James Haskell and Jonny O'Connor. The ban dealt an even bigger blow for Hartley as his hopes of joining the England World Cup squad were dashed and his club Northampton Saints were relegated in the same week.[23]

Hartley saw his second ban came 5 years later in March 2012, 8 weeks for biting the finger of Ireland forward Stephen Ferris in a Six Nations match.[24]

Then in December 2012 he was banned for two weeks for punching Ulster hooker Rory Best in a Heineken Cup match.[25]

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.[26] This act cost Hartley his place in the 2013 British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.[27][28]

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.[29]

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.[30]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "RFU Official Site of the RFU, Governing Body of Rugby Union in England". web page. RFU. Retrieved 21 August 2011.
  2. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/international/england/12141343/Dylan-Hartley-England-six-nations-2016-the-making-of.html
  3. ^ http://www.punditarena.com/rugby/english-rugby/pwassell/the-homegrown-england-xv-do-england-rely-on-foreign-born-talent/
  4. ^ https://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/rugbyunion/international/england/12141343/Dylan-Hartley-England-six-nations-2016-the-making-of.html
  5. ^ "European Shield 2004/05 Match overview Yorkshire Carnegie VS Worcester Warriors". STATBUNKER. 16 June 2008. Retrieved 17 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Academy signs England U19s duo Dylan Hartley and Alex Rae". Northampton Saints. 5 May 2005. Archived from the original on 12 March 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  7. ^ "Biarritz 6–7 Northampton". BBC Sport. 1 April 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  8. ^ "Premiership final day". BBC Sport. 28 April 2007. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  9. ^ "Saints seal league and cup double". BBC Sport. 14 April 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Northampton saints return to top flight". BBC Sport. 22 March 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  11. ^ "Northampton 15–3 Bourgoin". BBC Sport. 22 May 2009. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  12. ^ "Saints confirm Hartley as captain". BBC Sport. 22 July 2009. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  13. ^ "Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes get Northampton Saints deals". BBC Sport. 17 December 2014. Retrieved 15 January 2015.
  14. ^ https://www.northamptonsaints.co.uk/news/latest-headlines/2017/may-2017/saints-23-stade-francais-22-friday-night-may-lights-strike-again/
  15. ^ "Wales U21 32–57 England U21". BBC Sport. 25 June 2005. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  16. ^ "Saxons outclass Azzuri at Sandy Park". RFU. 2 February 2007. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
  17. ^ Hodgetts, Rob (8 November 2008). "England 39–13 Pacific Islanders". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 June 2009.
  18. ^ "England 37–15 Argentina". BBC Sport. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2009.
  19. ^ "England coach Eddie Jones hails 'likeable rogue' Dylan Hartley". Daily Telegraph. 20 March 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  20. ^ "Australia 7 England 23: Heroic tourists make history with their first series win down under". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2016-06-18.
  21. ^ http://www.englandrugby.com/news/england-name-squad-for-old-mutual-wealth-series/
  22. ^ "Dylan Hartley's disciplinary record, 60 weeks worth of bans in detail". ESPN. Retrieved 2016-06-18.
  23. ^ "Saints withdraw Hartley's appeal". BBC Sport. 25 April 2007. Retrieved 25 April 2007.
  24. ^ "Dylan Hartley receives eight-week ban for biting Stephen Ferris". Retrieved 27 March 2012.
  25. ^ "Northampton Saints' Dylan Hartley given two-week ban". BBC Sport. Retrieved 13 December 2012.
  26. ^ "Lions 2013: Dylan Hartley set to miss tour after sending off". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 May 2013.
  27. ^ Rees, Paul (25 May 2013). "Leicester win Premiership final as Northampton's Dylan Hartley sees red". Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  28. ^ Rees, Paul (28 May 2013). "Dylan Hartley decides not to appeal suspension and will miss Lions tour". Guardian. London. Retrieved 7 June 2013.
  29. ^ "Four-week ban for headbutt for England hooker". BBC. 26 May 2015.
  30. ^ "Dylan Hartley handed six-week ban for striking Leinster's Sean O'Brien". The Independent. 2016-12-14. Retrieved 2017-02-10.

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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