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Video: Evidence That Dylan Hartley Is A Changed Man

When Eddie Jones came in as head coach of the England team, focus immediately turned towards who would be appointed as captain. While Chris Robshaw captained the side throughout the Stuart Lancaster era, it was felt a change was needed. However, when Dylan Hartley was selected, many were surprised.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 27: Dylan Hartley, captain of England poses with head coach Eddie Jones and the trophy during the RBS Six Nations launch at The Hurlingham Club on January 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Hartley’s appointment as captain was always going to add a much-needed bite to the side that came across as too tame in the World Cup, but there were several concerns surrounding his discipline.

His previous misdemeanors include biting, headbutting, and a red card for swearing at referee Wayne Barnes.

While many of us do feel like swearing at Barnes on occasions, this is completely against the ethics of rugby football, and many pointed to this as a reason why Hartley should not be appointed skipper by Jones.

However, he was given the role, and led the Red Rose to a deserved win over Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

While nobody ever doubted his ability as he put in an impressive personal display, it was noted how he led by example and the extra weight of captaincy when pulling on the white shirt has forced him to refocus.

The video below is prime evidence of this.

Dylan Hartley, a changed man?

Posted by Rugby Banter Page on Dé Máirt, 9 Feabhra 2016

His apology to Grey is sporting, and thoroughly commendable.

Videos via Antetempor and Rugby Banter Page.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.