ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
REGISTER
LOGIN
ADVERTISEMENT
RugbyDump
Thursday Jan 4, 2018

Austin Healey offers sharp criticism of Hartley's England captaincy

There’s never a dull moment when Austin Healey is tossing around opinions. Such was the case on BT Sport’s Rugby Tonight when Healey threw current England hooker and captain Dylan Hartley under the bus, saying he shouldn’t make the Saints or the England national squad.

When talking about Hartley’s sub-par play at club level, Healey said: “His performances for Saints don’t warrant a place in their team, let alone the England team… I don’t understand why he was made England captain.”

By now, it isn’t breaking news that Hartley has never been a stranger to disciplinary issues and has made a career of missing matches as a result. This has certainly been at the forefront for his detractors ever since Eddie Jones selected him for the role. 

Healey is well known for giving a hot take, usually whether he’s pressed or not. That doesn’t necessarily mean he’s wrong. And he certainly has the conviction in this particular circumstance, listing Dave Ward, Luke Cowan-Dickie, and Jamie George as all being better at the position. 

At this point, however, the only opinion of consequence is that of Eddie Jones, and he seems quite content with the current leadership structure. 

Speaking of the Saints and Hartley, the England coach said: “I don’t watch club rugby to assess them on how they play at clubs. I watch club rugby to assess how they are going to play at international level, which is completely different.

“Some guys can be outstanding club players and be poor at international level. Some guys can be poor club players and outstanding international players.

“As long as Dylan’s attitude and his body are right, he brings something to the table we need and that is strong leadership.”

What do you think? Is Hartley the right man to lead England into 2018 and beyond?

Credit: BT Sport

ADVERTISEMENT

Related Articles

  • 148 WEEKS AGO

    scottish prop saves fire victim

  • 152 WEEKS AGO

    New Rugby X tournament insane

  • 179 WEEKS AGO

    Vunipola stands by his comments supporting...



ADVERTISEMENT

Great Tries

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Carlos Spencer Proves Why He Is Rugby's Greatest Ever Magician

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Jero De La Fuente pulls Hamstring and uses it to score incredible try

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    Waisale Serevi: The greatest sevens player ever

  • 6 WEEKS AGO

    David Campese: The Aussie all time great

  • 7 WEEKS AGO

    The man who once raced a Cheetah: Bryan Habana

View All

Big Hits & Dirty Play

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Controversial Etzebeth Incident Still Being Debated

  • 1 DAY AGO

    Juan Imhoff Takes Full Power Frans Steyn Kick To The Face

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Springbok Fans Left Reeling At Officiating Despite Convincing Win

  • 3 DAYS AGO

    Bundee Aki Shown Red Following Ludicrous Challenge

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    The Latest Tuilagi Has Just Made His Top14 Debut And Is A MONSTER

View All

See It To Believe It

  • 2 DAYS AGO

    Harlequins fans furious at refereeing decision that gives Exeter the win

  • 5 DAYS AGO

    Carlos Spencer Proves Why He Is Rugby's Greatest Ever Magician

  • 6 DAYS AGO

    Worcester name 41-year-old academy coach in tonight's premiership cup clash

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Crazy refereeing decision leads to All Blacks win

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Speculation rife after apparent handshake snub in All Blacks coaching box

View All

Funnies

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    John Smit Shares Epic Bakkies Botha Story Highlighting Why Opponents Feared Him

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Heart-warming drop goal competition between Foster and Reece goes viral

  • 1 WEEK AGO

    Hilarious Streaker Tries To Distract Sharp Shooting Goal Kicker

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Throwback To The Wildest Conversion In Rugby History

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    "I'd Beat Him" Quade Cooper Speaks Out On Potential Jake Paul Fight

View All

Amateur

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Dubious Score Decides Result Of Rugby's Biggest Schools Fixture

  • 8 WEEKS AGO

    Incredible Scenes At School Boys Rugby Match

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    The Next Dominant Backrow?

  • 9 WEEKS AGO

    Hilarious Club House Antics Shows Rugby Spirit

  • 14 WEEKS AGO

    WATCH: South African Schools Rugby Is On Fire

View All

Player Features

  • 4 DAYS AGO

    Joe Simmonds addresses lack of form in honest interview

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Rugby great Eddie Butler sadly passes away

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Graham Rowntree reacts to missing out on 2003 world cup in fascinating video

  • 2 WEEKS AGO

    Official: Christian Wade signs for French club

  • 3 WEEKS AGO

    Etzebeth proves to be rugby's biggest thug once again

View All