A Full Breakdown Of All The Bans Dylan Hartley Has Received Throughout His Career

Jason Hennessy

Jason Hennessy

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Jason Hennessy

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Dylan Hartley is back in the limelight for all the wrong reasons.

The England captain’s hearing began today at 2.00pm after his red-card offence against Leinster on Friday. Hartley’s swinging arm on Sean O’Brien, only minutes after coming on as a sub in the Champions Cup encounter has been dubbed reckless and dangerous.

Despite an excellent twelve months is which he guided England to an unbeaten season, picking up a Six Nations Grand Slam on the way, it appears his history of indiscipline has gotten the better of him yet again- a what a history it is.


Hartley has been banned a total of six times already in his career, adding up to a staggering 54 weeks suspended in his career. The suspensions have seen the hooker miss out on two Rugby World Cups and a British & Irish Lions tour.

Here’s look at his full disciplinary record. You’ll do well to find a worse one.

April 2007 – 26 weeks for eye gouging (two counts in one game)

March 2012 – 8 weeks for biting

December 2012 – 2 weeks for punching

May 2013 – 11 weeks for verbal abuse of the referee

December 2014 – 3 weeks for elbowing

May 2015 – 4 weeks for head-butting

December 2016 – ?

How long of a ban do you think he deserves for his challenge on Sean O’Brien considering his poor record?