Hartley wants to finish on a high

Date published: March 21 2015

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England hooker Dylan Hartley is determined to put to bed his memories of his previous success in the Championship.

And a convincing win over France at Twickenham on Saturday – and favourable results elsewhere – will certainly help to push England's 2011 tournament success to the back of his mind.

Although England were crowned tournament winners that year, a 24-8 loss to Ireland in their final game denied them the Grand Slam.

"If you ask me if I have won the Six Nations, I don't feel like I have," Hartley told Sporting Life.

"My medal is in a box at home somewhere.

"At the time it felt flat. Maybe until the day we do the Grand Slam it probably won't feel the same either. There is always that feeling hanging over.

"Dublin didn't feel like any kind of victory. We couldn't even come away saying that we'd played well. It was disappointing and just a bad day all round.

"We won the title a few years ago in Dublin, but doing it at home on Saturday would be lovely.

"It's about timing as well – this team needs to win something before the World Cup and we've put that pressure on ourselves.

"From the outset of the tournament we said we wanted to win it.

"I don't think there's any shame in saying that."

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