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Sport Hartley says weekend's events threaten to 'end rugby as you know it'

04:40  11 february  2020
04:40  11 february  2020 Source:   rugbypass.com

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“What I know about rugby you could write on the back of a Serge Blanco fag packet, but 12 Gregor Paul, the New Zealand Herald on Sunday’ s rugby writer says “big pats on the back will be coming On Dylan Hartley ’ s omission: “I think it was a discussion that Dylan’ s done a great job for England

It was only a joke, and Hartley is still getting his head around “the whole media circus”, as he calls it , “the sideshow that I don’t really want to do but understand that I have got to do.” It ’ s exactly that pressure, Hartley says , which is driving him on to play well this weekend . He likes the spotlight.

Dylan Hartley looking at the camera: Hartley says weekend's events threaten to 'end rugby as you know it' © Provided by RugbyPass Hartley says weekend's events threaten to 'end rugby as you know it'

Former England captain Dylan Hartley has given his opinion on the events that took place around the Calcutta Cup this weekend. 

Before the match, England were met with a wall of abuse as they entered Murrayfield. High performance manager Neil Craig was hit on the head with a plastic bottle, with some dispute over whether the bottle was thrown or blown by the heavy winds.

Ellis Genge’s interview after the match also received criticism, as he responded to the negative press England received after the loss to France the week before, all the while drinking a beer. 

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Hartley is not the first person to defend the prop in the wake of the interview, suggesting the events over the weekend could have damaging effects on the game.

He said: “If people are throwing things at the team & are disgusted that Genge has a beer post game & says what he’s actually thinking, you can say goodbye to personality & rugby as you know it.”

Former England flanker James Haskell is another player who has backed the 24-year-old and how he conducted himself in the interview. 

The former hooker Hartley said that we want players to be “accessible, approachable & relatable”, but that is being compromised.

Eddie Jones has also been critical of the way his side were treated, highlighting the crowd’s reaction to Owen Farrell’s place kicks. 

You want personality, you get it but you can’t handle it. They don’t like it up them sir, they dont like a bit of the old cold steel, right up them.

You want personality, you get it but you can’t handle it. They don’t like it up them sir, they dont like a bit of the old cold steel, right up them. A post shared by James Haskell (@jameshaskell) on Feb 9, 2020 at 6:16am PST

England earned a hard-fought 13-6 victory at Murrayfield in truly horrendous conditions. Genge’s late try proved decisive in earning England the win, and keeping them in contention of winning the Six Nations.

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What we do know is that Hartley would have made his life far simpler had he kept his right arm uncocked. A six- week ban feels fair enough: a five- week suspension for the offence So when World Rugby , as it did last month, makes clear high, reckless challenges will attract stricter punishments

Captain Dylan Hartley says he has "never prepared for a game so well" as he has for England' s Six Nations opener against Scotland. "Everyone wants to see people fail, don't they?" said Hartley . "I just know it is out there, for whatever reason. Conor O'Shea, director of rugby at Harlequins, told

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Dylan Hartley of England arrrives at the stadium prior to the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 18, 2017 in London, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images) © 2017 Getty Images LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 18: Dylan Hartley of England arrrives at the stadium prior to the Old Mutual Wealth Series match between England and Australia at Twickenham Stadium on November 18, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

While there has been a negative reaction to his interview, there are as many, if not more, people who have backed the Leicester Tigers forward, particularly for calling to attention the criticism his team have received over the past week. 

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Hartley, who himself was a controversial figure at times during his career, clearly feels that the game should not try and quieten characters like that. 

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