|Full name||Dylan Michael Hartley|
|Date of birth||24 March 1986|
|Place of birth||Rotorua, New Zealand|
|Height||1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Weight||110 kg (17 st 5 lb; 240 lb)|
|School||Rotorua Boys' High School
Beacon Community College
|Rugby union career|
Dylan Hartley (born 24 March 1986) is a New Zealand born English rugby union player who plays at hooker for England and Northampton Saints. Hartley was named captain of England in January 2016, prior to the 2016 Six Nations. 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. Hartley is also the most highly capped hooker in English rugby history.
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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.
Hartley joined Worcester Warriors academy, representing the senior side just once in the 2004–05 European Challenge Cup. Hartley joined the Senior Academy of Northampton Saints in the summer of 2005.
The following season Northampton won the EDF Energy Trophy and secured promotion from the RFU Championship. Hartley started for Northampton saints as they defeated Bourgoin in the final of 2008–09 European Challenge Cup. On 22 July 2009, Hartley was made Northampton Saints captain, replacing Bruce Reihana.
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 eligible for England selection and playing for his only senior club as deciding factors.
Most recently Hartley helped Saints secure a place in European Rugby Champions Cup for the 2017/18 season as the side saw off Stade Francais in the European Champions Cup play-off final to bag the last spot.
Hartley received his first cap for England during the 2008 end of year rugby tests against the Pacific Islanders. Hartley made his first start for England against Argentina at Old Trafford in June 2009.
Following England's Grand Slam win, he 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.
After returning from injury during the 2016/17 season, Hartley was named in the 32-man squad for the 2016 Autumn Internationals alongside fellow Northampton Saints Courtney Lawes, Teimana Harrison and Tom Wood.
Hartley has become infamous for acts of indiscipline.
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 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.
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 2007.
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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