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Hartley still has a great chance of leading the Lions: McGeechan

By Staff Reporter

Former British and Irish Lions head coach Sir Ian McGeechan believes Dylan Hartley remains a contender to be captain for this summer's tour to New Zealand.

The England hooker thrived as captain in 2016 as Eddie Jones' men won an RBS Six Nations Grand Slam, three Tests in Australia and completed an unbeaten calendar year last autumn.

But Hartley's place has been under scrutiny since his fitness dropped off following a high tackle on Sean O'Brien which incurred a six-week suspension while playing for Northampton.

Hartley (below) is still in the mix to be Lions skipper under head coach Warren Gatland, along with Ulster's Rory Best, a positional rival.

McGeechan said: "It's open. He's international captain at the moment. He's done a good job for England, as Rory Best has done for Ireland.

"Alun Wyn Jones has come on and I think at the moment is the best international captain, in the impact he's had.

"Potential captains are the international captains. Sam Warburton's still in the frame, having been a Lions captain."

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