Dylan Hartley kept awake at night over omission from England’s World Cup squad

Former England captain Dylan Hartley admits his omission from Eddie Jones‘ World Cup squad is still causing him to have.
The Northampton hooker was made out of England’s 31-man squad to the championship, having failed to defeat a knee injury that he suffered in December.
Hartley, who has 97 caps for England, had expected to bow from international rugby to a high in Japan, and it is coming to terms with being denied the chance to achieve that.
„After the World Cup team has been announcedit was almost like I’d died – friends getting in touch and seeing whether I was OK,“ Hartley said.
„Ultimately, how I looked at my whole Xmas career and how I needed it to pan out, and how it was moving was that this could have been the ultimate send-off, the fantasy finish to an international career.
„The reality is you pick up an injury.
„For 3 years we’ve talked about winning the World Cup with Eddie, and I have led that team, been a part of that travel, to fall at the final hurdle… I don’t know the feeling.
„I wake up many nights thinking about it. It doesn’t sit well with me personally, but I have come to terms with it. You need to crack on.“
Hartley believes England have an excellent chance of being the group that lifts the Webb Ellis Cup in Yokohama City on November 2, which his omission even tougher to deal with.
„I really think England (will win), they’ve got as good a chance to go and get it done,“ he said.
„The worst thing for me would be to believe if my leg wasn’t [hurt ] in the minute I could be there with themwinning a World Cup. It is difficult to swallow.
„I expect they win and go. I’ll get on and be a glory supporter – remember me guys?
„I’ll be hanging off the face of the open-top bus, at my 97th (look ) shirt“
Since representing club side Northampton in a Gallagher Premiership clash with Worcester hartley has not featured at any given level of rugby.
The 33-year-old admits by trying to rush back for the World Cup, his knee injury aggravated.
„I attempted an (initial) strategy with my knee, an extremely aggressive approach, because I was given a few deadlines to meet, and the aggressive strategy didn’t get the job done,“ said Hartley.
„I ended up in a worse position for attempting to return too early. Ever since that happened, I knew I was not likely to make the (World Cup) deadline.
„It was about the onset of the camps, when they first got together around the beginning of July. I tried return for that and essentially put myself at a tiny hole emotionally and physically.“
Hartley spent a fortnight in Philadelphia working with strength and conditioning specialist Bill Knowles, whose clients believes that treatment was beneficial, also include Andy Murray.
„Everybody asks when you’re coming back but I have learned that you don’t put a time period on itbecause when you are 10 days out from it and you realize you’re nowhere close, you can play these games in mind and it’s hard,“ Hartley additional.
„In the present time, I am constructing my tolerance to have the ability to run every day and participate daily.“

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