Lancaster to lay down law to Hartley
May 11, 2012
Dylan Hartley has been issued a warning © Getty Images
Stuart Lancaster says he will hold a "strong conversation" with banned hooker Dylan Hartley ahead of England's tour to South Africa as he cracks down on ill discipline on and off the field.
Hartley was selected in England's 42-man squad on Thursday despite not having played since being hit with an eight-week ban for biting Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris during the Six Nations. Lancaster has already issued Danny Care with a stern reminder of what England expect after bringing the Harlequins scrum-half back from international exile.
"We will be sitting down with Dylan and explaining to him exactly what is required to be an international player. We have to be able to trust the players," Lancaster said. "If we can't trust a player on the field then he won't be selected.
"We will have a pretty strong conversation and he has to prove to us he is ready to come back into the Test arena. Attitude, energy, emotion and discipline should be a given for an England team now.
"We work very hard on our on-field and off-field discipline. What we will have to reduce is our penalty count. That is not just Dylan. We can't be giving penalties away and being undisciplined on the field, particularly with Morne Steyne who can kick them from anywhere.
"We are confident the messages we are giving the players are being received. We will make sure Dylan gets that message."
Hartley will be available for the Aviva Premiership final should Northampton beat Harlequins on Saturday.
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