England captain to miss South Africa tour with concussion

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.

“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.

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