It is no secret that Dylan Hartley’s England career has been a bit bumpy, which is why many doubted the 30 year old when he was handed captaincy last year in replacement of Robshaw.
Although, the shoe is now on the other foot as England boss Eddie Jones has casted a cloud over Hartley’s role, stating that he will have to do a lot of work to keep the prestigious place as captain as he faces great competition from the England ranks. Hartley is most likely keeping his place for the upcoming Six Nations but is likely to be replaced in further preparation for the Tokyo World Cup.
Although, Jones is looking at the situation from a neutral point of view, as when he was asked about the captain for Tokyo he said; “Whether that’s Dylan – it’s a possibility – or someone else is something we’ll appraise.” This obviously shows Eddie still has trust in the Northampton Saints man after he led England to a 13 game unbeaten year; putting the criticisms he faced to bed.
It will be interesting to see who Eddie will have in mind for the captaincy role leading up to the World Cup.