AN EVENING WITH DYLAN HARTLEY

It's not very often that you get to have dinner with the England Rugby captain, but that's exactly what will happen when Dylan Hartley joins us for a Sportsman's Dinner in the Blues Marquee.

On Thursday 17th January, England's most capped hooker, who is also closing in on 250 appearances for Northampton Saints, will be heading to Goldington Road to regale rugby fans with stories from his illustrious career as well as previewing the upcoming Six Nations Tournament and World Cup in Japan.

Dylan moved from his native New Zealand to England in 2002 and initially played for Worcester Warriors, before becoming a member of the England U21 squad at the early age of 19. Dylan was initially called up for England U18 while staying with relatives in Crowborough and being involved with the local Sussex club.

Educated at Rotorua Boys High School, he went on to cover all three England front row positions during the 2005 IRB Junior World Championship in Argentina. His next stop was England Saxons with appearances and tries against Italy A and Ireland A in 2007. The following March, he celebrated his 22nd birthday two days after the Saints won promotion back to the Premiership.

A few weeks after returning from England’s tour of Argentina in 2009, Dylan was handed the responsibility of becoming the youngest captain in the Premiership when leading Northampton Saints. He continued in that role with conspicuous success and in 2013/14 his squad won the Premiership title for the first time.

Speaking about the dinner, organiser Ted Carroll said: "Dylan is an exceptional rugby player, the captain of England and a Northampton Saints legend, we are delighted to welcome him to Goldington Road for this very special event. I'm sure Dylan will have plenty of stories to tell - with one or two about his best mate Toops - and won't shy away from one or two of the controversies he’s found himself in. 

"This is a wonderful opportunity to get a real insight into the career of one of England’s top players and hear his thoughts about the upcoming Six Nations and World Cup. It is sure to be another superb evening in the Blues Marquee."

Tickets for the Sportsman’s Dinner, which will be overseen by Sam Roberts and includes a three-course meal, memorabilia auction and raffle, cost just £55. For more information or to book your tickets, please email ted@bedfordrugby.co.uk or debra@bedfordrugby.co.uk.

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Wednesday 26th December
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Goldington Road
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