Tuesday 23 January 2018

Jones wants Hartley to 'play like Tarzan'

England head coach Eddie Jones. Photo: David Davies/PA.
England head coach Eddie Jones. Photo: David Davies/PA.
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New England coach Eddie Jones says he wants fiery captain Dylan Hartley to play like Tarzan when the Six Nations kicks off against Scotland at Murrayfield on Saturday.

"On the field he's got to be Tarzan," the Australian said. "He's got to get out there and play with his heart and if he does that the players will follow him."

Hartley was a controversial choice as captain because of the New Zealand-born hooker's long history of ill-discipline at club level.

He has won 66 caps but has accumulated bans totalling 54 weeks for head-butting, biting, gouging, swearing at referees, elbowing and punching.

Jones has said he admires Hartley's "aggressive and uncompromising approach" but he also sees something else.

"The first time I met him we came to the kitchen and he was speaking to people behind the counter, he was very polite and respectful," he said.

"He gets around, talks to people, encourages people to be involved.

"Leadership is not about being in the front of the bus, beating your chest and saying 'do as I do'. It's about engaging people and finding out what qualities they have. I've been pleased how Dylan's done that."

Hartley is unlikely to play the full 80 minutes on Saturday and Jones said he would name a deputy on Thursday when he announces his team.

Irish Independent

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