Dylan Hartley: Former England captain announces retirement from rugby

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Former England captain Dylan Hartley has announced his retirement from rugby.

The 33-year-old has been unable to recover from the knee injury that has kept him out of action for both Northampton and England throughout 2019.

He hangs up his boots as England’s second-most capped player of all time, having turned out for the Red Rose on 97 occasions and led the side for 30 Tests as captain.

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Hartley also made 251 appearances for the Saints and spent eight years as their skipper.

“I am extremely proud of my journey, both with Saints and representing England, but now is the right time to hang up my playing boots,” Hartley said upon announcing his decision.

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