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Hartley calls time on career: How social media reacted

Northampton Saints today announced that Club legend Dylan Hartley has retired from professional rugby with immediate affect.

Hartley, Saint #1808 and the longest-serving player at the Club, retires at the start of his 15th season at Franklin’s Gardens with 251 appearances and eight years as captain to his name in Black, Green and Gold.

The Rotorua-born front rower is also England’s second-most capped player of all time, having turned out for the Red Rose on 97 occasions and led the side for 30 Tests as captain.

And it was only a matter of seconds before an out-pouring of well-wishes came from the hooker's friends, teammates and supporters alike.

Hartley was quick to thank those that had shaped his career over the years.

And the 251-time Saint's teammates, both past and present, had nothing but praise for Hartley.

The wider rugby community wasted no time hailing the 33-year-old's career too.

And Northampton supporters alike thanked the 14-year Saint for his contribution to the Club.

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