Hart ache at longer sea­sons

Daily Mirror - - SPORTS - BY ALEX SPINK

ENG­LAND cap­tain Dy­lan Hart­ley says the con­tro­ver­sial pro­posal to ex­tend the do­mes­tic rugby sea­son is “not wel­come”.

Con­cern for player wel­fare has led to threats of strike ac­tion from some at Hart­ley’s Northamp­ton.

And now the skip­per (above) has en­tered the de­bate. “I can’t speak for ev­ery player, but the gen­eral feel­ing is that an ex­tended sea­son is not wel­come,” he said.

Pre­mier­ship Rugby has de­creed that, from 2020, the sea­son will be length­ened by a month to run from Septem­ber to the end of June.

But new RFU boss Steve Brown has vowed to heed the play­ers’ view.

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