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“Never forgiven” – Rugby’s five biggest thugs of all-time ranked

#3. Dylan Hartley (England)

Breathe deeply. 60 weeks of incoming bans.

In April 2007, the Northampton hooker was suspended for 26 weeks for ripping off Wasps duo James Haskell and Jonny O’Connor.

In March 2012, he was suspended for eight weeks for biting Irish flanker Stephen Ferris while on duty in England at Twickenham.

In December 2012, he was given a two-week suspension for hitting Rory Best of Ulster.

In May 2013, he was suspended for 11 weeks for abusing referee Wayne Barnes in the Saints ‘Premiership final loss to Leicester, missing the Lions’ tour of Australia.

In December 2014, he was suspended for three weeks for nudging Tigers winger Matt Smith, and then in May 2015, he was suspended for four weeks for hitting his Saracens counterpart Jamie George, this which led him to be excluded from England’s World Cup plans.

In 2016, he caught Leinster’s Sean O’Brien in the head with a swinging arm from behind, saving a red card which was followed by a six-week suspension.

At least that’s it now that he’s hung up his boots!


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