Dylan Hartley impresses Eddie Jones ahead of Six Nations

Hartley impresses Jones ahead of Six Nations

Head Coach has been impressed with how quickly Dylan Hartley has settled into his role as England Rugby captain ahead of the 2016 RBS Six Nations Championship.

The 29-year-old was named as skipper by the Australian on Monday before the start of England’s training camp. Jones has been assessing his new-look squad over the past few days and was said that his new captain was finding his feet in the role very quickly.

Jones told Sky Sports News HQ: “I think it’s all a bit of a whirlwind at the moment for him. But he’s got some good people around him, he’s starting to find who’s going to support him really closely and he’s starting to lead from the front.”

He went on to add: “I’m sure when he relaxes a little bit you will see the real Dylan. The one piece of advice I have given to him is ‘just be yourself’.”

Jones also praised Hartley’s style of play and said it would be vital to the way England want to play during the upcoming Six Nations: “We need to get back to that strong scrum, that uncompromising clean-out. Dylan has been a big success for Northampton. He’s guided that team during their most successful period and he’s going to lead like that.”

Jones trims Six Nations squad

Earlier in the week Jones confirmed his 23-man squad for the opening game of the 2016 Six Nations against Scotland, after releasing ten players back to their club sides.

The likes of Elliot Daly, Matt Kvesic, Maro Itoje and Josh Beaumont have all been sent back to their Aviva Premiership sides; meaning they will have to wait until at least the Italy game in the second round of the Six Nations.

But Jack Clifford, Paul Hill and Ollie Devoto will all be given their first taste of international rugby at Murrayfield. After that encounter England play two huge games at Twickenham; England v Ireland (Saturday 27th February) and England v Wales (Saturday 12th March).

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