Hartley to remain England skipper: Jones

Hartley to remain England skipper: Jones

Speaking to Sky Sports News on Monday evening, however, Gatland attempted to backtrack slightly when quizzed on the captaincy situation and admitted that the Northampton Saints ace is still in his thinking ahead of naming his 37-man squad on April 19.

Lions head coach Warren Gatland hinted that Hartley may not board the plane to New Zealand, commenting on the hooker being under pressure from Jamie George for his place in the England side.

Jones, however, has often replaced Hartley early in the second half of matches, with George coming on in the 53rd minute at Lansdowne Road last weekend. Dylan is an outstanding captain.

"Dylan does a super job for us and there is no reason why he won't continue to do a super job", said Jones. "There's no reason why he won't continue to do a super job", said Jones.

"It is like when Mike Brearley captained the England cricket team". That autumn series will bookend the first two-year phase under Jones, who has urged his side to begin the next section with another Six Nations crown.

"You know what the All Blacks had to go through to win the World Cup in 2011". "They lost the semi-final against us in 2003 in Australia, they lost the quarter-final in 2007. I better not stay talking for too long because the boys are going to give me a bit of abuse for doing that", but you've got to take your hat off to what he's achieved as England captain.

Jones again acknowledged that Ireland were worthy winners in denying England another grand slam on Saturday, lamenting England's poor possession stats, but believes defeat in Dublin will prove to be a "great learning experience".

"I reckon we'd win at least six of them".