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Pete Cooper

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  1. Our live coverage through the day

    David Keller

    BBC News

    Thanks for following us today for Local Live, on the day Northampton Saints' Dylan Hartley was unveiled as England's new rugby union captain

    You can catch up with the story and reaction as it broke below.

    We'll be back tomorrow from 08:00 with the latest news, weather, sport and travel for Northamptonshire.

  2. Hartley new England captain: 'He's not the knight in shining amour'

    Lennie Newman

    Former Northampton Saints player and manager

    It will be a controversial appointment, but most good captains play on the edge. He's not the knight in shining armour, coming down the track on a white horse, saving the princess from the tower, but Eddie Jones knows the characters he wants in his side.

    Dylan Hartley

    You'll get the staunch disciplinarians saying, 'what on earth are we doing?'. They will use the word "thug". People who use that word have never met Dylan.

    He's a thoroughly decent man. I know the man and I know what he can do for England. Everybody in life deserves a second chance.

  3. Foden: Hartley is 'real leader of men'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Dylan Hartley's Northampton Saints team-mate, Ben Foden, said the 29-year-old is "one of the best captains I've played under and is a real leader of men".

    Ben Foden and Dylan Hartley

    Foden said he's "gutted" not to be playing for England with Hartley as captain, but said it was "an honour to call him a team-mate and most importantly a good friend".

  4. Dylan Hartley's brushes with the rugby union establishment: Part Two

    Dylan Hartley
    • May 2013 - sent off for verbally abusing referee Wayne Barnes during the Aviva Premiership final against Leicester. 11-week suspension sidelined him for the British and Irish Lions tour to Australia
    • December 2014 - sent off for elbowing Leicester centre Matt Smith in the face
    • May 2015 - banned for four weeks after headbutting Saracens' Jamie George in Northampton's 29-24 Aviva Premiership semi-final defeat to Saracens. Ruled out of World Cup
  5. Both Jones and Hartley keen to move on from hooker ill-discipline

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Speaking of Dylan Hartley's disciplinary problems, which have seen him miss over a year of rugby in total, England coach Eddie Jones said: "That's the past, hopefully not the future."

    Press conference

    Saints' hooker Dylan said: "As a player, whenever I've had problems in past, you reset your targets and make goals. I always said to myself I'd get back in an England shirt and here I am. I always had faith I'd be back."

  6. Jones: Hartley will bring back 'fear factor' to England team

    England rugby head coach Eddie Jones says new captain Dylan Hartley will "get back what the rest of the world fears about England... their forward play".

    Eddie Jones and Dylan Hartley

    Jones cited the 29-year-old Saints hooker's 66 caps for England, adding he would "captain and play [the] way" to bring back the fear factor to the national side.

  7. Hartley: 'Hard to sleep last night' knowing I would be England captain

    New England rugby captain, Northampton Saints' Dylan Hartley, has spoken to the England Rugby website about his appointment...

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  8. Analysis: 'Struggle' to see him in new coach Jones' team

    Jeremy Guscott

    Former England international

    My view on a leader is that first they are a consistent player. Dylan Hartley is in fierce competition with Saracen's Jamie George (right) - and George will probably be my choice.

    Dylan Hartley and Jamie George

    Hartley is unquestionably one of the best scrummagers and line-out technicians in the squad, but I'm struggling to see him fit Eddie Jones' requirements in terms of energy, pace, fitness and enthusiasm.

  9. Dylan Hartley's brushes with the rugby union establishment: Part One

    Dylan Hartley
    • April 2007 - banned for 26 weeks after being cited for eye-gouging Wasps forwards James Haskell and Jonny O'Connor
    • March 2012 - received an eight-week suspension after being cited for biting Ireland forward Stephen Ferris' finger while playing for England
    • December 2012 - banned for two weeks after being cited for punching Ulster hooker Rory Best during the Heineken Cup
  10. Jones tells press conference he's taking 'a risk' with Hartley

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    At the press conference where Dylan Hartley (left) was unveiled as the new England rugby captain, head coach Eddie Jones (right) was asked if he was taking a chance on Hartley.

    "The biggest risk is not to take a risk," he replied.

    Dylan Hartley

    Earlier former England hooker Brian Moore also described Hartley's appointment as "a risk" due to his poor disciplinary record.

  11. 'Delighted' Mallinder says Hartley was 'superb' Saints captain

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Northampton Saints' director of rugby Jim Mallinder said the club is "delighted for Dylan; it's a massive honour to lead your country".

    Jim Mallinder

    Mallinder, who picked Hartley to captain the side in their victory over Scarlets on Saturday, said: "He was a superb captain for the Saints for six seasons, leading from the front and establishing a culture among the players which has been important in our successes over the past few years."  

  12. Eight things you need to know about Dylan Hartley

    The new England rugby captain enjoys filming his outdoor adventures, is an ambassador of a disability charity... and more on the England Rugby website.

    Dylan Hartley
  13. Analysis: 'I'll be watching with half an eye closed'

    Paul Grayson

    Former England and Northampton Saints fly-half

    I coached Dylan as an 18-year-old and watched him grow from a chunky little loose-head prop to a very, very good hooker. 

    I've watched him then become a captain, in a bid to calm him down a bit and add some responsibility to him, and 99% of the time that has been the case.

    Dylan Hartley

    Will he do a good job for England? I have absolutely no doubt. Will you watch it with half an eye closed thinking don't get sin-binned for something silly? Yes, I probably will.

  14. New England captain Hartley 'humbled' by support

    As is customary these days, Northampton Saints' hooker Dylan Hartley has taken to Twitter to thank people for messages of support following his appointment as England captain.

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  15. Press conference due on Hartley appointment

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    We are expecting a press conference with Dylan Hartley and England rugby head coach Eddie Jones at 15:00.  

    We'll bring you the latest as it happens.

  16. Dylan Hartley: More facts

    David Keller

    BBC News

    Hartley, who has been capped 66 times for England, became the youngest ever Premiership captain in 2009 when he became skipper at Northampton Saints at the age of 23.

    He went on to lead the club until 2014 which coincided with the most successful period in the club's history. 

    The 29-year-old hooker made his England debut in 2008 against a Pacific Islanders XV and has previously captained England once before – filling in for Chris Robshaw in the 14-all draw against South Africa at Port Elizabeth in 2012.

  17. Dylan Hartley 'couldn't shake coach Jones' hand quick enough'

    Pete Cooper

    BBC Local Live

    Dylan Hartley said when head coach Eddie Jones asked him if he wanted to be England captain, taking over from Chris Robshaw (left), he "couldn't shake his hand quick enough".  

    Chris Robshaw and Dyland hartley

    Describing the squad he will be leading, he said there was "a lot of young talent and potential", adding their focus would be their Six Nations opener against Scotland on 6 February.