This summer’s tour of Argentina could be Dylan Hartley’s last, thinks Lewis Moody
The England captain was overlooked for Warren Gatland’s 41-man Lions squad
World-Cup winner Moody believes there will be no way back this time
Dylan Hartley’s British and Irish Lions snub is the beginning of the end thinks former England captain and World Cup winner Lewis Moody.
“I think it’s likely that we might not see Dylan in an England shirt again [after the tour of Argentina], just because there’s so much quality coming through,” Moody told The Independent.
“I don’t think Dylan Hartley has underperformed, I just think he is under pressure from the likes of Jamie George and other young players in that England squad that have probably just usurped him
“Eddie Jones picked the captain for that two-year block, which he has now come to the end of, and I think even Eddie Jones recognises that Hartley’s place was under pressure from Jamie George and that is why he came off at about 50 minutes in all of the Six Nations matches.”
“It depends on Eddie and does he see Dylan as his England captain to take him through to the World Cup?” Moody added.
“I think we all know the answer to that and that is that he will probably be looking for a new leader for 2019.
“So that means he will be edging towards a new leader for next year.
“Then it will come down to is Dylan Hartley the form hooker or in the top three or four in the country? It [the end of his international career] will be a shame, but it’s the likely eventuality given the form and fitness of the other guys.”