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England legend accuses Dylan Hartley of ‘deliberately injuring’ opponents

3. Dylan Hartley – 60 weeks in total

Take a deep breath. In April 2007, the Northampton hooker was banned for 26 weeks for gouging Wasps duo James Haskell and Jonny O’Connor.

In March 2012, he was suspended for eight weeks for biting Ireland flanker Stephen Ferris while on England duty at Twickenham. In December 2012, he was handed a two-week ban for striking Ulster’s Rory Best.

In May 2013, he was suspended for 11 weeks for abusing referee Wayne Barnes during the Saints’ Premiership final defeat to Leicester, missing the Lions tour of Australia as a result.

In December 2014, he was banned for three weeks for elbowing Tigers wing Matt Smith, and then in May of this year he was suspended for four weeks for butting his Saracens opposite number Jamie George, which led to him being dropped from England’s World Cup plans.

In December 2016, he was banned for 6 weeks having caught Leinster Rugby player Sean O’Brien with a swinging arm to the back of the head in a European Champions’ Cup game