England coach Eddie Jones has backed Dylan Hartley for the role of Lions captain in New Zealand next year
The hooker has led the side to eight straight victories, including a Grand Slam and a series win in Australia
Jones feels the 30-year-old should be a prime contender to lead the Lions against the All Blacks
England head coach Eddie Jones has praised his captain Dylan Hartley, insisting the hooker would be a ‘great’ candidate to lead the British Lions in New Zealand in 2017.
“I think he would be a great candidate,” revealed Jones to the BBC, as England go after a 3-0 series clean-sweep against the Wallabies in Sydney on Saturday.
“He has clearly done a good job leading England – he has got the ability to develop relationships with people – and therefore he would be a great candidate for the Lions job.”
Jones’ choice of Hartley as captain in January was controversial at the time, given the player’s chequered disciplinary record.
However, the Northampton hooker has been a revelation in the job, leading the men in white to a first Grand Slam success since 2003, and England’s first ever series win down under.
“He is very good with the players in making sure they understand standards we want in the team, and making sure they understand the values that are important,” Jones added.
“He continues to do that on a daily basis and that is so important for a captain.”
England go into the third Test in Sydney in Saturday hoping to secure a historic 3-0 whitewash over the Australians.