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Contenders to be named England captain

England plan to name their captain for the RBS 6 Nations on Monday afternoon, with Dylan Hartley expected to be the preferred choice of head coach Eddie Jones. Here, Press Association Sport takes a closer look at Hartley, and examines his main rivals for the post.


Position: Hooker

Age: 29

Caps: 66

Outstanding at the set-piece and a combative, fiery presence in the loose, Hartley's shortcoming is a dismal disciplinary record that ensures appointing him captain is laced with risk. All of his bans have been earned on club duty, however, with one yellow card his sole international indiscretion.


Position: Flanker

Age: 29

Caps: 43

Never entirely convinced at the helm for England over the last four years and Jones wants to stamp his mark on the team. The Harlequins flanker is likely to be retained in the back row, however, and will act as a highly capable lieutenant.


Position: Second row

Age: 24

Caps: 28

The bookmakers' favourite to replace Robshaw at one stage, partly because he is among the few guaranteed starters. High work-rate and athleticism are the hallmarks of his game, but lacks the menace Jones is demanding from his skipper


Position: Full-back

Age: 30

Caps: 43

Jones admires Brown's spirited edge and has identified him as one of the players who can be counted upon to carry the fight to opponents. However, his fiery temperament is a double-edged sword and his position is a difficult one from which to lead a team.


From Belfast Telegraph