England captain Dylan Hartley says he cannot remember lifting the Six Nations trophy after a blow to the head.

The 29-year-old hooker was taken off after being knocked out by the knee of France’s Uini Atonio, before returning to lift the Grand Slam winners’ trophy.

“Trying to piece the night together I can’t remember certain things so it’s almost like a drunken night,” he said.


“I’m looking at photos, trying to remember things. I can’t remember the post-match presentations.”

He told BBC Radio Northampton: “If you look closely there’s this strange man always lurking about 10 metres in the background – that’s actually the England rugby doctor who’s keeping a close eye on me.”

Hartley added he is “taking it day-by-day” and is unsure of when he will return to action following the injury.