Former England International Calls For Dylan Hartley To Be Stripped Of Captaincy

Not good enough.

Former England captain Lawrence Dallaglio believes England likely probably won’t win the Rugby World Cup with Dylan Hartley as their captain.

The legendary back-row reckons a captain of any team must be the best player in his respective position. And Hartley is not. Dallaglio reckons Saracen and Lions hooker Jamie George is a far better player.

The former Wasps man says since the first Rugby World Cup in 1987, every winning captain has not only been an exceptional leader for their country, but also an outstanding player.

“Jones still has a lot of thinking to do.” Dallaglio wrote in The Times.

“First, he must work out whether it makes sense to continue with Hartley as captain. England have done well under the hooker’s leadership: 24 wins from 26 Test matches is a formidable record. Ideally, the captain should be one of the team’s strongest players but Hartley is not. He is often one of the first players to be substituted and, again, that is far from ideal.”

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Hartley chats to England head coach Eddie Jones.

“My feeling is that if the captain is not the best English player in his position you are starting from a bad place, and I don’t see Hartley as better than Jamie George. I can see why the coach might not want to change his captain but in my view there is greater risk in not making the change.”

“Since the World Cup started in 1987, every winning captain has been an exceptional leader and outstanding player; David Kirk, Nick Farr-Jones, Francois Pienaar, John Eales, Martin Johnson, John Smit and Richie McCaw. I’m not saying Hartley can’t lead England to victory in Japan but to do so, he will have to break the mould.”

What do you think? Is it time Eddie Jones appointed a new captain? If so, who is the right man to lead England?