England captain Dylan Hartley has been ruled out of the summer tour of South Africa because of concussion.
The Northampton hooker has not played since sustaining a head injury in last month’s Six Nations loss to Ireland.
Following specialist medical advice, the 32-year-old will now take an extended period of rest.
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“It has been recommended that I take a break this summer and while I find that decision hard to accept, it’s important I listen to that advice,” he said.
England face the Springboks in three Tests, starting in Johannesburg on 9 June.