Hartley wants to win ‘something substantial’

Date published: March 11 2016

England captain Dylan Hartley admitted he'll be motivated by fear when they face Wales in a Six Nations decider at Twickenham on Saturday.

England haven't won a Six Nations trophy since 2011 and Eddie Jones' charges will secure a Grand Slam if they beat Wales this weekend, and the Northampton Saints hooker is determined to win the silverware in his first year wearing the captaincy armband after taking over from Chris Robshaw following last year's World Cup failure.

“It's going well because we're winning but at the moment we've won nothing and we want to win things,” the New Zealand-born front row told Wales Online.

“We've got a nucleus of players who have been there and then that 30 per cent of players who bring the energy and enthusiasm.”

The 29-year-old is the most experienced player in the squad and said he and the other senior members want to make Saturday count and achive a significant feat hanging up their boots.

“The thing for me is that the nucleus has been there for eight years," said Hartley.

“I've been here eight years and so have James Haskell and Danny Care. What have we won? One Six Nations?

“The scariest thing for me is looking back on my England career and not winning something substantial.

“All of the older guys are a bit scared we're going to walk away from this without winning something. The preparation and detail which has gone into winning this weekend is second to none.

“The young guys are alright. They've got the energy and the bodies but we're running out of time.”

Hartley continued by saying that the younger players should make most of the opportunities they have now.

“You don't sit the squad down and say this story or that," he added.

"It's talking to the younger guys about not just drifting through this opportunity that they have now.

"The time is now for them to win something. You don't want to wait five or six years because you might never get the chance.

“We could talk about Wales coming to Twickenham and winning, but we’ve been to the Millennium Stadium and won. All we can control is this coming Saturday.

“Wales are a physical side, the gain line’s going to be crucial. It’s going to be chaotic, so we’ve got to ride that storm and find our feet in the game.

“It will be 80 minutes of mental and physical intensity.”