Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley has been named new England captain for the RBS 6 Nations Championship.
Hartley, who has been capped 66 times for England, replaces Chris Robshaw as skipper. The 29-year-old made his England debut in 2008 and he said: “It is a huge honour to captain England a very proud day for me and my family.
“There is a lot of young talent and potential which is great to see. Our focus over the next two weeks is to work hard and prepare for the Scotland game. Playing at Murrayfield will be a huge challenge and one we are all looking forward to."
England Head Coach Eddie Jones said: "I am delighted to announce Dylan as England captain. I know it will be a very proud moment for him, his club, his family and friends when he leads England out at Murrayfield.
"As a former captain of Northampton Saints and someone who has a lot of experience playing for England I have every faith he will lead the team tactically and passionately. English rugby is indebted to Northampton to have produced such a fine player.”
England begin their 6 Nations campaign in Edinburgh a week on Saturday.