April 23, 2018 / 2:23 PM / 10 months ago

England captain Hartley ruled out of South Africa tour

FILE PHOTO: England's Dylan Hartley, sings the national anthem before the Rugby Union Six Nations Championship match between England and Ireland at Twickenham Stadium, London, Britain, March 17, 2018. REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

LONDON (Reuters) - England captain Dylan Hartley will miss this year’s tour of South Africa and the rest of the Premiership season due to concussion, his club Northampton Saints said on Monday.

Hooker Hartley was injured in England’s Six Nations match against Ireland last month and has not played since.

“I’m very disappointed that I will not be available for selection for Saints’ remaining Premiership games, as well England’s tour to South Africa,” Hartley said in a statement.

“It has been recommended by specialists that I take a break this summer and while I find that decision hard to accept, it’s important I listen to that advice.”

England’s three-test series in South Africa starts on June 9.

Reporting by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru, editing by Ed Osmond

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