Hartley to skipper England?

Date published: December 17 2015

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Northampton Saints hooker Dylan Hartley has emerged as the favourite to take over England's captaincy under new head coach Eddie Jones.

Hartley has represented his country in 66 Tests but missed England's World Cup campaign after he was banned in March for head-butting Saracens' Jamie George during last season's Premiership semi-final.

Former England boss Stuart Lancaster subsequently ejected Hartley from England's World Cup training squad.

The 29-year-old has a chequered disciplinary history and also missed out on the 2013 Lions tour after he was red-carded in the Premiership final.

Hartley has been banned for a total of 54 weeks throughout his career.

If Jones appoints Hartley as his new captain he will replace Harlequins flanker Chris Robshaw in the role. Jones previously criticised Robshaw in a newspaper column saying Robshaw "is an outstanding club player but at international level he just doesn’t have that point of difference."

Jones and Robshaw met earlier this month but neither have revealed what was said during that meeting.

England get their Six Nations campaign underway against Scotland at Murrayfield on February 6.

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