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18 June 2017 National Sport


Last Updated: 18/06/17 1:24pm

Dylan Hartley leads England's celebratory huddle after Saturday's win over Argentina in Santa Fe

Dylan Hartley leads England’s celebratory huddle after Saturday’s win over Argentina in Santa Fe

Dylan Hartley says England have plenty to be excited about after their 2-0 Test series win over a tough Argentina side.

England took a squad dotted with inexperienced players to South America and saw more of the uncapped players who were selected because of injuries and Lions calls given their chance.

Charlie Ewels, Piers Francis and Will Collier all scored their first England tries, while captain Hartley made it through his second straight 80 minutes and was in a positive mood afterwards.

“If anything, it exceeded our hopes and expectations because we learned so much about ourselves and the development of the team,” Hartley said.

“Overall, to win two games, that was the objective and I think we can be really proud of ourselves. They were not the perfect games but we found ways to win them both.

“It was an unbelievable effort, to have 20 new players on tour, but the collective effort from all the guys was amazing as well.

Eddie Jones' (right) side became only the second England team to complete a series whitewash in Argentina

Eddie Jones' (right) side became only the second England team to complete a series whitewash in Argentina

Eddie Jones’ (right) side became only the second England team to complete a series whitewash in Argentina

“It’s been easy to lead this team, the buy-in has been brilliant, I couldn’t have asked for a better group. I think English rugby is in a safe place with the depth that we’ve got.

“I’d like to think Eddie is pretty chuffed as well. We’re all very proud of each other. It was a big achievement, against an experienced Argentinian side in the rural parts, in hostile atmospheres. Being on the road has been difficult but we’ve found out a lot about each other.

“We don’t get another game at the weekend so if we had lost (on Saturday), it would have left a bad taste in the mouth, going (into) the summer holiday. The motive for me was to win and make sure I leave this team in a good place.”


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