Eddie Jones sports enormous black eye at Six Nations 2017 launch and Dylan Hartley retained as captain – Telegraph.co.uk

And Jones is also confident his captain is equally ready for action and will suffer no ill-effects from his enforced absence – one which takes his total time banned from the game to 60 weeks. 

“He’s had 60 weeks off! He’s the world expert at it,” said Jones when asked whether Hartley would be ready for action having been out of the game for so long. 

“I think he is ready to go. He still has a couple of days to go, but we are pleased to have him back.” Hartley, though, admitted he was worried he was going to be stripped of the captaincy despite enjoying a perfect first year in charge as England won all of their 14 games.

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