HARTLEY PRAISES INEXPERIENCED SQUAD AFTER TOUR WIN

Following their 2-o series victory on their tour of Argentina, the captain of the England Rugby squad, Captain Dylan Hartley has said he is full of nothing but praise for his inexperienced squad that helped in clinching the victory.

He was also on hand to praise Cumbrian Mark Wilson for his outstanding performance in the game.

The two test-series in South America saw England without the services of about 30 of their players due to injury as well as the British and Irish Lions calls.

Wilson, the England flanker was handed his international debut in San Juan as England triumphed over the Pumas in their opening 38-34 win.
The flanker, who plays for the Newcastle Falcons at club level,was born in Kendal and began his rugby career in Penrith. For the second test, he was dropped to the bench.

However, he featured once again last Saturday in Santa Fe in a more routine 35-25 success.

Hartley was overjoyed at leading his side to victory and hopes to enjoy his summer holiday after having ended the 2016-17 season on a triumphant note.

"That's what we came to do. If anything, it exceeded our hopes and expectations because we learned so much about ourselves and the development of the team," said Hartley.

"Overall, to win two games, that was the objective and I think we can be really proud of ourselves. They were not the perfect games but we found ways to win them both." he added.

The series saw more experienced players like Mike Brown, George Ford, Hartley and Chris Robshaw display their continuing value to England.
On the other hand, players like Sam Underhill, Sam Curry, Piers Francis and Cumbrian Wilson took the opportunity to press forward their claims for a place in the 45-man elite squad of head coach Eddie Jones.

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