Dylan Hartley

Dylan Hartley

Dylan Hartley
Full name Dylan Michael Hartley
Date of birth (1986-03-24) 24 March 1986 (age 28)
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
Playing career
Position Hooker
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2003–05
2005–
Worcester
Northampton
49
117
(25)
(60)
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2007 -
2008 –
England Saxons
England
3
43
(10)
(5)

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

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

Hartley joined Worcester Warriors, representing the club in the 2004–05 European Challenge Cup.[2] Hartley joined Northampton 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]

He has been known as an important lynchpin of the Northampton side with powerful performances in the scrum and in the loose.

International career

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

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]

Controversy

Hartley has also become infamous for his lack of control on the pitch and has been suspended from the game four times for acts of indiscipline, First in April 2007 Hartley was banned for 26 weeks for eye-gouging Wasps forwards James Haskell and Jonny O'Connor.[14] He was banned again in March 2012 for 8 weeks for biting Ireland forward Stephen Ferris in a Six Nations match.[15] Then in December 2012 he was banned for two weeks for punching Ulster hooker Rory Best in a Heineken Cup match.[16] 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.[17] This final act cost Hartley his place in the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia.[18][19]

References

External links

  • ESPN Profile
  • Northampton profile
  • England profile
  • Career Stats@statbunker

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