Former England hooker Hartley announces retirement

Former England hooker Dylan Hartley is retiring from professional rugby union with immediate effect.

The 33-year-old hooker has failed in his bid to recover from a knee injury, prompting Thursday’s announcement by his club, Northampton.

Hartley said: “I am extremely proud of my journey, both with Saints and representing England, but now is the right time to hang up my playing boots.”

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