‘Rugby is great for the soul, but terrible for the body,’ says former England captain Dylan Hartley. He joins us to tell a story of resilience and resistance, of hard men and harsh truths.
At the age of 16, Dylan Hartley travelled from New Zealand to England, on his own, to build a life and learn the dark arts of front-row play. He joined Northampton Saints, and was named club captain aged just 23. He went on to win 97 international caps, becoming England’s most-capped hooker of all time. In 2016, Eddie Jones named him captain, and they led England to a Grand Slam that season, and another Six Nations title the following year.
In conversation with LBC Presenter Matthew Stadlen, Dylan will explore the fun and camaraderie of professional rugby, but also addresses the ever-increasing physical and psychological demands on international players, and the toll it can take on their mental health. He will describe with brutal clarity the effects of multiple concussions, and his fear of the potential long-term damage caused by a game he fell in love with as a boy in rural New Zealand.
Dylan Hartley has survived old-school brawls, and thrived in the high-pressure, high-performance culture created by Eddie Jones. He and Jones forged an unusually close coach-captain relationship before Dylan’s dream of leading England on the biggest stage in the 2019 World Cup was shattered by untimely injury. Along the way, he learned a lot about leadership and about himself.
This livestreamed event will show us his life and his sport, warts and all. This is rugby in the raw, a unique insight into the price of sporting obsession.
This event takes place at 6:30pm BST.