England rugby legend Dylan Hartley will join us at Esquire Townhouse at Your House with Brietling for an honest and uncompromising reflection on what he's learned at the very top of the toughest team sport around.
Hartley is England’s most capped hooker with 97 caps; only two other players - Jason Leonard and Ben Youngs - have played more times for England. Thirty of these appearances were as captain, for which his win record of 85% will go down as amongst the very best.
Named England captain in 2016 under then new coach Eddie Jones, he took England to their first Six Nations Grand Slam since 2003. They followed it with a 3-0 win away in Australia that same year.
The physical and mental strain of life at this level took its toll, however, and after trying to battle back from a serious knee injury in time for the Japan World Cup in 2019, he announced his retirement later that year.
Hartley’s autobiography 'The Hurt', released in September, will go down as one of the sport books of the year, taking an unflinching approach to the highs and lows of professional sport, with an array of anecdotes on life inside the scrum, inside the changing room and inside the England inner circle, plus plenty of strong views on the current state of the game and its future.
It’s not just for rugby fans though – Hartley is typically outspoken on the wider lessons he’s learned on leadership, resilience, mental health, handling failure and disappointment and what it takes to succeed in any field.
Watch the full film here during Esquire Townhouse at Your House which runs from October 15-17.
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