Skipper Dylan Hartley has thanked Eddie Jones for the faith shown in him by the England coach.

Hartley thanks Jones

Hartley thanks Jones

Hartley has benefited enormously from Jones' arrival as coach and he has thanked the Australian for his support.

The Northampton forward captained England to their first Six Nations Grand Slam since 2003 this year but just months ago his international career appeared to be in doubt.

Hartley was omitted from the World Cup squad in 2015 by former coach Stuart Lancaster after being banned for a headbutt at the end of the previous Aviva Premiership season.

That ban meant Hartley was suspended for the first week of the tournament and Lancaster decided not to include the Saints man in his squad for the entirety of the competition.

The 29-year-old was delighted to play his part in England's Six Nations triumph but he stressed the national team are now looking ahead to their three Test series against Australia in June, rather than dwelling on previous successes.

"You never think your international career is over," Hartley told the BBC. "You use setbacks as motivation, but sometimes things are out of your hands.

"Luckily Eddie saw something in me that he liked and gave me a shot. I'd like to think I've repaid that faith.

"We draw a line under the Six Nations now, and we focus on the next job, which is Australia.

"So for me, I want to get back playing for my club because I want to be selected and on form for that summer tour."