England forwards coach Steve Borthwick has backed Northampton Saints hooker Dylan Hartley to bounce back hard after he was omitted from the 41-man British and Irish Lions squad for the upcoming tour of New Zealand in June.
England assistant coach Paul Gustard ruled out skipper Dylan Hartley’s run out with Saints in Sunday's clash with Newcastle and firmly believes Hartley’s presence in the camp during the build-up to England's Six Nations clash with Italy is more important.
Dylan Hartley insisted that he is not worried about England captaincy role despite he was replaced by head coach Eddie Jones after playing just 46 minutes in the Six Nations encounter against Wales at Millennium Stadium.
Northampton rugby director Jim Mallinder stated that England captain Dylan Hartley has let his team down following a six-week ban to the hooker after last week's European Champions Cup encounter against Leinster.
Rugby Football Union chief executive Ian Ritchie is confident that Dylan Hartley's conduct as England captain in last one-year will be taken into consideration while deciding his future as the skipper of the red rose team.
Rory Best has come out as favorite for the captaincy of the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand next year after Warren Gatland hailed the progression of the Irish captain’s leadership skills as the most remarkable of all his rivals.