Northampton and England hooker Dylan Hartley has retired from professional rugby after failing to recover from a long-standing knee injury.
The former England captain, 33, has not played since December, missing his country’s run to the World Cup final.
Hartley won 97 Test caps and played 251 times for Northampton over 14 seasons.
Here is how social media reacted:
A legend. A leader. A Saint.— Northampton Saints 😇 (@SaintsRugby) November 7, 2019
Today one of our all-time greats hangs up his boots.@DylanHartley, it’s been a privilege 🙏🏼
Congratulations to Dylan Hartley on an amazing career.— Paul Williams (@thepaulwilliams) November 7, 2019
Often hated in Wales.
Which means you were an excellent player.
Very best of wishes in your retirement and congratulations on a wonderful career. On the field you were challenging at times 😂😉but off the field your were a true gentleman, always pleasant and polite. Best wishes for the future— Nigel Owens MBE (@Nigelrefowens) November 7, 2019
What can I say about the man the myth the legend that is @dylanhartley ? So much will be said about all his achievements and status within the game both with @SaintsRugby and @englandrugby and rightly so. For me… https://t.co/8kmsjD44tM— Tom Wood (@tomwood678) November 7, 2019
Congrats mate on a fantastic and colourful career. Deserve all the plaudits coming ur way. Always remember how u took ur international initiation to a new level in the‘08 autumn.— Nick Easter (@nick_easter) November 7, 2019