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Dylan Hartley
England
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Full name Dylan Michael Hartley
Born March 24, 1986, Rotorua
Current age 28 years 127 days
Major teams Northampton Saints, England
Position Hooker
Height 6 ft 1 in
Weight 242 lb

Test career
Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All Tests 2008-2014 57 36 21 5 1 0 0 0 33 22 2 59.64
Five/Six Nations 2009-2014 30 21 9 0 0 0 0 0 21 8 1 71.66
IRB Rugby World Cup 2011-2011 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 75.00

Career statistics
Test debut England v Pacific Islanders at Twickenham, Nov 8, 2008 match details
Last Test New Zealand v England at Hamilton, Jun 21, 2014 match details
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English Premiership
Team Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
All matches 2005-2014 105 88 17 60 12 0 0 0 60 42 3 58.57
Northampton Saints 2005-2014 105 88 17 60 12 0 0 0 60 42 3 58.57
Profile

Few would doubt Dylan Harley's ability on the pitch, but his career has been increasingly overshadowed by a serious of clashes with authority which have at times threatened to derail it completely.

Born and raised in New Zealand, Hartley possesses all of the hard-nosed skills associated with learning the game there. Introduced to England's age grade academies during a long holiday in Sussex, he came to the attention of the Worcester Warriors academy and was persuaded to make his switch to England permanent.

At the time Hartley was playing as a loose-head prop, and finding opportunities limited due to the depth of talent in New Zealand he jumped at the chance to join the Premiership side's academy. His conversion to hooker came in 2005 with a move to Northampton, and call-ups to England Saxons (2007) and the full England side (2008) followed.

His England debut might have come earlier had he not been ruled out of the 2007 World Cup because of a 26-week ban for gouging future England team-mate James Haskell and Irish international Jonny O'Connor during a Premiership game. On top of the punishment came widespread opprobrium from the wider rugby community.

He bounced back to secure a regular starting place in the England side although he was shunted aside by Steve Thompson during the disappointing 2011 Rugby World Cup. He again returned and again clashed with authority when banned for biting in a Six Nations game in Dublin.

Once more he came back and was honoured with the captaincy in England's third Test in South Africa, and once more he blotted his own copybook when handed a two-week ban after being found guilty for punching in a Heineken Cup tie.

Although internationally he was increasing playing second fiddle to Tom Youngs, he nonetheless won selection for the 2013 British & Ireland Lions tour. Then on the big stage of the Aviva Premiership final he was sent off for calling the referee a 'f***ing cheat'. The inevitable ban that followed ruled him out of the tour and cast serious doubts over the international future of a man who clearly struggles with his self control.

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May 13, 2014
Northampton Saints' Dylan Hartley throws in during training
Northampton Saints' Dylan Hartley throws in during training
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Mar 29, 2014
Wayne Barnes talks to Dylan Hartley and Ed Slater
Wayne Barnes talks to Dylan Hartley and Ed Slater
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Mar 26, 2014
Dylan Hartley sees the lighter side in training for Northampton
Dylan Hartley sees the lighter side in training for Northampton
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Mar 9, 2014
England celebrate Danny Care's early try
England celebrate Danny Care's early try
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