Hartley Giving 6 Week Ban

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Northampton and England hooker Dylan Hartley has been given just a six-week suspension by a disciplinary committee in London today.

Hartley was cited under Law 10.4 (a) after being red carded for striking Sean O’Brien just six minutes after being introduced as a replacement in Northampton’s Champions Cup home defeat to Leinster last Friday.

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The disciplinary committee chaired by Wales’ Simon Thomas, ruled that the offence deserved a mid-range sanction of five weeks. Two weeks were added for Hartley’s poor disciplinary record – a grand total of 54 weeks suspended before today – but one was retracted again owing to the 30-year-old’s guilty plea.

Hartley will be available for the entire Six Nations campaign which, for England, begins with the visit of France on 4 February.