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VIDEO – "Trust me, training has been physical," says Hartley

06 September 2011

  • England hooker Hartley says the squad are holding nothing back 
  • Traditionally Aregntina are physical but we’ll be up for it – Hartley

Northampton Saints hooker Dylan Hartley says that England are holding nothing back in training ahead of the physical threat Argentina will pose when the two sides clash this weekend.

Hartley and his teammates touched down in Dunedin last Sunday, and will play their first three matches in the city’s Otago Stadium, kicking off with the indomitable Pumas on September 10.

“They’re a difficult team to play against,” said Hartley on Argentina. “Traditionally they are physical, passionate and large men and it will be a big test for us this weekend.

England hooker Dylan Hartley

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“But trust me, we’ll be up for it, the last few days in training have been fairly physical. It’s our first week of full training since we’ve been here and we need to concentrate on the task in hand.”

As someone who plays the game with his heart on his sleeve, Hartley is well placed to pass judgement on the Argentineans notoriously passionate mentality. But the 25-year-old front row says that there are other elements to success.

“No one goes onto the field who isn’t passionate about the game,” Hartley added. “But perhaps Argentina show it in a different way. We’re just as passionate as they are, but passion isn’t always enough to win games – you need to be skilful, you need to be physical, and hopefully on Saturday night we’ll show that.”