Dylan Hartley is set to take over the England captaincy from Chris Robshaw and lead the side under new head coach Eddie Jones in the 2016 RBS Six Nations Championship.
Robshaw captained England throughout the Stuart Lancaster era, after leading his country 42 times he is second only to Will Carling (59) on the all-time list.
While Robshaw is no longer viewed as a long-term option as captain, he is still very much part of the squad but is likely to feature as blind-side flanker rather than an open-side.
Joe Launchbury was one of the early frontrunners to take over the captaincy, but it seems as though the talented lock has lost out to Hartley.
Could Hartley’s discipline be an issue in the Six Nations?
Despite his poor disciplinary record it is believed that Jones is a huge admirer of Hartley’s abrasive style and that he can set the tone for a new look England pack that will have a hard and aggressive edge.
The 29-year-old missed the 2015 World Cup after being banned for head-butt during a match for Northampton and it was clear that England missed his power and technical ability during that now infamous campaign.
But there is no doubt that he is one of the key players in the side when available. With 66 caps to his name Hartley is also one of the most experienced players available to Jones as he prepares for the opening Six Nations fixture against Scotland on Saturday 6th February.
Hartley was a guest speaker in Eventmasters Merits hospitality facility during the summer QBE Internationals at Twickenham against France and Ireland; his passion and pride to play for his country was evident.