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Dylan Hartley

Indigenous Name: Dylan Michael Hartley
Position: Hooker
Height: 185 cm (6' 1")
Weight: 108 kg (238lbs)
Date of Birth: 24 Mar 1986
Place of Birth: Rotorua, New Zealand
Schooling: Rotorua Boys' High School, Beacon Community College
Main Team(s): England
General Info Edit
Few players score a Test try only three minutes after stepping off the bench but Dylan Hartley did with gusto when winning his twentieth cap, against New Zealand at Twickenham last November.

The first of two new opportunities had beckoned Dylan when he made his initial starts against Argentina in June 2009 with Lee Mears on duty with the British & Irish Lions in South Africa.

Dylan had won all his previous nine consecutive caps, starting with the Pacific Islanders’ match in the autumn of 2008, off the bench for Lee.

A few weeks after returning from Argentina, Dylan was handed the responsibility of becoming the youngest captain in the Premiership when leading Northampton Saints in 2009-10, a role he has continued this season. It rewarded his development and growing maturity. When being appointed, he had made 89 appearances and scored nine tries. He signed a new contract in February 2010 that will keep him at the club for the foreseeable future. Four months later, a cartilage operation on his left knee ruled him out of England’s tour to Australasia.

Now in his sixth season with the Saints, he made his first team debut in September 2005 while a member of the club’s senior academy and played 16 times in his maiden campaign, prompting Steve Thompson to switch to the back row.

Dylan had moved from his native New Zealand to England eight years ago, initially played for Worcester Warriors and at the early age of 19 became a member of the England Under 21 squad, showing the innate football ability and competitive attitude to succeed.

He had been initially called up for England Under 18s while staying with relatives in Crowborough and being involved with the local Sussex club. Educated at Rotorua Boys High School, he went on to cover all three England front row positions during the 2005 IRB World Championship in Argentina.

His next stop was England Saxons with appearances and tries against Italy A and Ireland A in 2007 and, in April the same year, even a sixth-month ban failed to deter him in his quest for the top. The following March, he celebrated his 22nd birthday two days after the Saints won promotion back to the Guinness Premiership and his international career was about to be launched.
Round Home - Away Jersey No. Score Try Assist Try Line Brk Go Fwd Turn Over Tackle Line -out Win Scrum Catch Kick Kick Pen Kick Con Kick DG Kick Miss Give Pen Lost Poss Game Points
Series: 2016 - 6 Nations
Team: England
Round 1 SCO - ENG 2 0 0 0 0 0 7 10 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
Round 2 ITA - ENG 2 0 0 0 2 1 8 8 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0
Round 3 ENG - IRE 2 0 0 0 3 0 7 4 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Round 4 ENG - WAL 2 0 0 0 1 0 6 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Round 5 FRA - ENG 2 0 0 0 1 0 3 12 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
SERIES TOTAL 0 0 0 7 1 31 46 19 0 0 0 0 0 5 4 0
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03 Feb 2011
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The Six Nations Preview - Lineups
Check out the lineups for Round One of the Six Nations. Warren Gatland is talking smack against hot headed Dylan Hartley ahead of the Friday night game. Tom Wood starts after cutting his teeth for North Otago in New Zealand Heartland Championship. Injury ravaged Ireland should beat Italy, while resurgent Scotland the Brave will put up a fight in France.


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