LONDON – Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley was on Monday confirmed as England captain for the Six Nations tournament by head coach Eddie Jones.
Hartley, 29, replaces Chris Robshaw at the helm despite missing over a year of his career for disciplinary reasons.
“Dylan is an honest, hard-working bloke and I admire his aggressive and uncompromising approach to playing rugby,” said Jones of Hartley who has led England on one previous occasion — against South Africa in 2012.
New Zealand-born Hartley has been capped 66 times, but has amassed 54 weeks of suspensions for offenses including eye-gouging, biting and swearing at a referee, forcing him to miss two World Cups and one British and Irish Lions tour.
However, he was sorely missed during England’s woeful World Cup campaign on home soil, and will skipper England during the Six Nations, starting with the Feb. 6 clash with Scotland.
“It is a huge honor to captain England and a very proud day for me and my family,” Hartley said.