Northampton Saints today confirm that Club captain Dylan Hartley will miss the remainder of the season as well as England’s tour to South Africa due to concussion.
Hartley sustained the injury in England’s NatWest 6 Nations match against Ireland last month and has not played for the club since.
Following specialist medical advice, Hartley will take an extended period of rest over the summer with a view to start Saints’ pre-season training.
“I’m very disappointed that I will not be available for selection for Saints’ remaining Premiership games, as well England’s tour to South Africa,” said Hartley.
“It has been recommended by specialists that I take a break this summer and while I find that decision hard to accept, it’s important I listen to that advice.
“I intend to use this time to recover fully from my injury, so I can be ready to hit the ground running when pre-season training starts later this summer.”