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England captain Hartley gets six-week ban

AAP logoAAP 14/12/2016

Dylan Hartley will be available for England's entire RBS 6 Nations campaign after being given a six-week ban for striking Sean O'Brien.

Hartley appeared before an independent disciplinary hearing in London to be sanctioned for the third red card of his career, received in Northampton's Champions Cup defeat by Leinster on Friday.

The length of the suspension means he is free to play from January 23, enabling him to lead England when they open their Six Nations defence against France at Twickenham on February 4.

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