Captain Calamitous: Dylan Hartley 10/11 to lose England captaincy

It’s been a bad few days for Eddie Jones’ leader on the field


Paddy Power is offering odds of 5/6 for Dylan Hartley not to feature in the Six Nations – as the England captain awaits his fate at a disciplinary hearing on Wednesday.

Hartley was sent off for the third time in his career against Leinster on Friday, and rugby’s biggest bad boy will appear at an independent hearing to discover the length of his ban tomorrow.

Which comes in the wake of a reckless high shot on Ireland’s Sean O’Brien in the Champions Cup contest.

And despite spearheading England’s revival in the past 12 months, we gives odds of just 10/11 for Eddie Jones to remove the captaincy from Hartley when he next turns out for the Red Rose.

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While the Northampton man is sure to be on Santa’s naughty list, he might well have slipped off Warren Gatland’s Lions captaincy list – and we’ve has seen Hartley’s odds for the captaincy drift to from 9/4 to 16/1 in the past few days.

Hartley has a list of misdemeanours longer than Courtney Lawes’ left arm – racking up a whopping 54 weeks of suspensions during his career.

The list includes head-butting, arm-swinging and swearing, and with another crime impossible to rule out. So, we have priced up what Hartley’s next one might be.

Asked about the Hartley situation Paddy Power said: “Hartley would probably be more at home in the UFC than rugby and with another ban looming his odds on getting the nod for the Lions captaincy have drifted further than a dodgy lineout throw.”

Hartley’s Next Misdemeanour

2/1         Punch
3/1         Headbutt
5/1         Swinging Arm
10/1       Bite
16/1       Eye Gouge
16/1       Verbal Abuse
16/1       Spit

What do you think?