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Hartley praises “amazing” supporters

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Captain Dylan Hartley has expressed his thanks for the “amazing” support that his England team have received having led his side to a first ever series win in Australia with a 23-7 defeat of the Wallabies in Melbourne on Saturday.  

Speaking after the match, Hartley said: “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone that tuned in back at home.

The support has been amazing, but we still need that support. We need to keep grounded, we need to keep working, we need to go again next week.”

Hartley led from the front, scoring the game’s opening try to set England on their way to an historic Test and series victory. However, despite their success, Hartley says that the team are determined to make it three from three in Sydney on Saturday.

“It’s a great achievement by the team and I’m really proud of the guys,” said Hartley, speaking to England Rugby TV.

“The real challenge now is how driven we are as a group and for me that means finishing the series with another win. I know everyone wants that.”

The final match of England's Test series Down Under takes place on Saturday in Sydney, with kick off at 11pm BST. The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports 1.