|Weight||110kg (17st 4lb)|
Few players score a Test try only three minutes after stepping off the bench but Dylan Hartley did with gusto when winning his 20th cap, against New Zealand at Twickenham in 2010. In March this year, he made his 47th appearance in the 30-3 defeat by Wales at the Millennium Stadium, so becoming England’s third most capped hooker. Only Steve Thompson (73 caps) and Brian Moore (64) have exceeded this total.
Dylan also had the distinction of captaining England for the first time in the 14-14 draw with South Africa at Port Elizabeth last June in the absence of Chris Robshaw.
A few weeks after returning from England’s tour of Argentina in 2009, Dylan was handed the responsibility of becoming the youngest captain in the Premiership when leading Northampton Saints. He has continued that role with conspicuous success that has rewarded his development and growing maturity.
When being appointed, he had made 89 club appearances and scored nine tries. That total had escalated to 162 games by the mid March this year with another eight tries along the way. He signed a new contract in February 2010 that will keep him at the club for the foreseeable future. Four months later, a cartilage operation on his left knee ruled him out of England’s tour to Australasia.
He has completed seven seasons with the Saints, having made his first team debut in September 2005 while a member of the club’s senior academy. Dylan played 16 times in his maiden campaign, prompting Steve Thompson to switch to the back row. He had moved from his native New Zealand to England ten years ago, initially played for Worcester Warriors and at the early age of 19 became a member of the England U21 squad, showing the innate football ability and competitive attitude to succeed.
Dylan had been initially called up for England U18 while staying with relatives in Crowborough and being involved with the local Sussex club. Educated at Rotorua Boys High School, he went on to cover all three England front row positions during the 2005 IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina.
His next stop was England Saxons with appearances and tries against Italy A and Ireland A in 2007 and, in April the same year, even a sixth-month ban failed to deter him in his quest for the top. The following March, he celebrated his 22nd birthday two days after the Saints won promotion back to the Premiership and his international career was about to be launched.
The Aviva Premiership Player of the Month for last September, he was ruled out of all four QBE Internationals against Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand last autumn through a knee injury sustained against Saracens.
5 - 1T
2008 PI(R), A(R), SA(R), NZ(R) 2009 It(R), W(R), I(R), F(R), S(R), Arg (1,2), A(R), Arg, NZ 2010 W, It, I, S, F, NZ(R), A, Sam, SA 2011 W, It, F, S, I, W, I(R) World Cup - Arg(R), G, S(R), F(R) 2012 S, It, W, F, I, SA (1,2,3) 2013 S(R), I(R), F, It(R), W(R)
Last updated: March 18, 2013