Six Nations: England's Hartley must play like Tarzan - Jones

England captain Dylan Hartley and head coach Eddie Jones
New England head coach Eddie Jones (right) says captain Dylan Hartley "encourages people to be involved"
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New England captain Dylan Hartley has to "play like Tarzan" in the Six Nations, says head coach Eddie Jones.

Northampton hooker Hartley, 29, was a controversial appointment because of a chequered disciplinary record.

Jones said he turned to Hartley as he is a natural communicator who is good at "getting the best out of people".

But he added: "On the field, he's got to be Tarzan. He's got to get out there and play with his heart. If he does that, the players will follow him."

Jones, whose side start their Six Nations campaign away to Scotland on Saturday, said it was Hartley's "blokeiness" that first caught his eye.

Dylan Hartley's year of bans
Dylan Hartley's year of bans

"The first time I met him, we came to the kitchen and he was speaking to people behind the counter," the former Australia and Japan boss told BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast.

"He was very polite and respectful. He gets around, talks to people, encourages people to be involved.

"Leadership is not about being in the front of the bus, beating your chest and saying: 'Do as I do'. It's about engaging people and finding out what qualities they have. I've been pleased how Dylan's done that."

With Hartley having only just returned from injury and hookers rarely completing the full 80 minutes in Test rugby, the new captain is unlikely to play the entire game at Murrayfield - and Jones revealed he will announce Hartley's deputy on Thursday when he names his team.

England will head to Edinburgh with either two or three uncapped players in their 23-man squad.

Prop Paul Hill, back rower Jack Clifford and centre Ollie Devoto are all in contention for a place.

But Jones has resisted the clamour for the likes of Saracens forward Maro Itoje and Wasps back Elliot Daly to be called up - so far, at least.

"Those two boys, I want them to be 60-Test players, at least, for England," Jones said.

Maro Itoje blasts through Alafoti Faosiliva of Bath
Maro Itoje turned in a man-of-the-match performance for Saracens on Saturday

"Now I've got to pick the right time to put them in. They'll definitely play in the Six Nations at some stage, but I've got to pick the right opportunity for them to play. Their time will come."

Jones watched Itoje turn in a man-of-the-match performance for his club on Saturday.

"I went to Saracens - I hid in the stands - and it was the best game I've seen Itoje play for them," said Jones.

"It was really good, very impressive. My gut feeling on Maro is that he's definitely progressing, but he needs just a little more time."

With second row Courtney Lawes not certain to be fit to face Scotland because of a hamstring injury, the Saracens youngster could yet feature at Murrayfield.

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