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Hartley handed 4-week ban for headbutt, misses England's opening World Cup game

The Northampton Saints hooker has pleaded guilty to striking Jamie George of Saracens.

Rugby Union - Dylan Hartley Hartley will be free to play three days after England's opening game. Source: Paul Harding

DYLAN HARTLEY IS set to miss England’s first World Cup match after receiving a four-week ban.

The Northampton Saints hooker was cited for headbutting Saracens’ Jamie George during their Premiership semi-final defeat and pleaded guilty to the allegation.

It is the sixth suspenion of his career and will last until 21 September — three days after England face Fiji at Twickenham. Stuart Lancaster’s men then play Wales, Australia and Uruguay in Pool A.

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