Dylan Hartley recounted that when his career in England ended, he could no longer bear to be “ruled” by Eddie Jones and revealed how he was told that he would not go to the 2019 World Cup in Japan.
Hartley was named captain of Jones’ pick when the Australian replaced Stuart Lancaster in late 2015 and was in command through successive Six Nations titles, including a Grand Slam. The 34-year-old and the third-most capped player to wear the England jersey, suffered a concussion before being unable to participate in Japan 2019 due to a knee injury that forced him to withdraw last November.
In an interview in the Daily Telegraph, Hartley said it felt “like a piece of meat, thrown away because it is past its expiration date. He’d had enough of being ruled by Eddie. “Plus, he confessed that, while struggling to prove his fitness, Jones finally told him,” You’re screwed, buddy.
Hartley later continued: “That phone call was brutal, I was effectively ending my career in England with three words.” The Northampton front row, who also expresses respect for Jones and claims he is the best coach he ever played with, said he would not allow his family to visit England practice because “it would have felt like a visit to prison.”
“If I’m honest, I just wanted to get through the games and win them so I could have a good week, an easier week with Eddie,” Hartley said.