Ranking a Rugby Rogue: 5 Shades of Dylan Hartley

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Ranking a Rugby Rogue: 5 Shades of Dylan Hartley
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Dylan Hartley will not be joining the Lions this summer.

New Zealand-born Dylan Hartley has had a long and storied rugby career; unfortunately, you'll have to find many of those stories in the horror section.

The controversial Northampton, England and would-be Lions hooker has once again landed in hot water this week. 

If one went down the list of the worst possible offences a rugby player, at any level, could commit, it might include such skulduggery as: sucker-punching, biting, eye-gouging and abusing officials.

To have all of these offences wrapped up within the career of one shameful individual is a rare find, indeed.

With this in mind, let us remind ourselves of the dark and winding road that has led us to this latest disgrace; a moment's loss of control that lost Hartley's team the 2013 Premiership Grand Final and has also, it seems, cost him the opportunity of a lifetime.

Buckle up.

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