|DOB||24th Mar 1986|
|Birthplace||Rotorua, New Zealand|
|Height||1.85 m (6' 1")|
|Weight||113 kg (17 st 11 lb)|
Dylan Michael HARTLEY
England Caps: 47 (27-2-18) England Points: 5 (1t)
England Debut: v Pacific Islanders* 2008
British & Irish Lions: 0
Lions Debut: NA
Test Record v Australia: 3 (1-0-2)
Dylan Hartley will travel on his first British & Irish Lions tour as England’s third-most capped hooker after making his 47th Test appearance against Wales in March. That game also saw the Northampton Saint achieve the feat of appearing in every RBS 6 Nations game for England - 25 - for five years since making his tournament debut against Italy in 2009.
His first appearance in the national jersey came against the Pacific Islanders in 2008 and only former Lions Steve Thompson and Brian Moore have made more as an England No2. His solitary Test try came just three minutes after stepping off the bench for his 20th cap, against his native New Zealand at Twickenham in 2010.
Athletic and fiercely competitive, Hartley captained England for the first time in the 14-14 draw with South Africa in Port Elizabeth last June in the absence of Chris Robshaw. He has captained Northampton for the past four years and was the youngest skipper in the Aviva Premiership when he first took over the role in 2009 aged just 23.
Born and raised in Rotorua, New Zealand, he is one of three New Zealand-born players in the 2013 Lions squad along with Maitland and Vunipola. He moved to England in 2003 aged 17, joining the Worcester Academy, and immediately appeared on the radar of the England U18 selectors. He became a member of the England U21 squad and went on to cover all three front row positions during the 2005 IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina.
He made only one senior appearance for Worcester, however, and later that year joined Northampton, with whom he became an Amlin Challenge Cup winner in 2009 and an LV= Cup winner in 2010.
He first represented England Saxons in 2007 and has been virtually ever-present in the England senior squad ever since his debut a year later, other than when knee injuries forced him to miss the 2010 summer tour to Australia and the 2012 autumn series.