Jones talks up skipper Hartley

03 January 2018 22:52:28 GMTPlus11

England head coach Eddie Jones says he has no worries over skipper Dylan Hartley despite the hooker's club side Northampton struggling this season.

Saints have had a campaign to forget so far after crashing out of the European Champions Cup and currently sitting in 10th place in the Aviva Premiership standings.

Northampton's form cost Saints' director of rugby Jim Mallinder his job at Franklin's Gardens but Jones does not think the Midlanders' struggles with have an impact on Hartley in the England squad ahead of the Six Nations.

"It's been tough at Northampton, but like a lot of good players he's able to compartmentalise," he told BBC Sport.

"He loves the club, he had a great relationship with Jim Mallinder and now Jim's been sacked, it's a difficult time. Their form's not great and he carries a lot of weight," added Australian Jones.

"But he's got a clear role with England and that's to be captain and to be the leader. He understands that. His value to us is as captain and he'll be a fine captain for us.

England are 4.33 to retain their Six Nations crown, while Ireland are 1.28 to secure the title.

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