Hartley revels in England captaincy

Dylan Hartley joked “I live for one more week” as he reflected on a successful start to his England captaincy.

Hartley was a controversial appointment to lead the Red Rose throughout the RBS 6 Nations after amassing 54 weeks worth of suspensions for offences including biting, gouging and swearing at a referee.

The 29-year-old missed last autumn’s World Cup for butting, but he was able to celebrate a solid return to the team as England left Murrayfield as 15-9 winners over Scotland.

“I got through it, didn’t I? I survived! I live on for one more week! On to the next one…’” Hartley said.

“Of course it made me realise how much I’ve missed it. I’ve been injured before and I’ve not always been in the front seat — I’ve been on the bench. Any time out of the shirt makes you cherish it and appreciate it when you’re in it.

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