Owen Farrell has given Dylan Hartley a ringing endorsement to resume the England captaincy after the fly-half assumed the role on the summer tour of South Africa.
“Dylan is a brilliant captain,” said the Saracens number 10.
“Dylan has done an unbelievable job over the last three years.
“He’s got the highest win percentage as England captain, he does so much work, not just on the field but off it as well. I’ve seen it first-hand so I can only speak highly of him.
“I enjoyed the [South Africa] tour. Obviously it didn’t go the way we wanted it to results-wise.
“We’ll have learnt a lot coming into the autumn.
“We’ll have to make sure it’s a good lesson for us. You don’t want to come away thinking that you’ve learned lessons and expect it to happen. You’ve got to work for it.”