Dylan Hartley's brand new autobiography

To celebrate the publication of The Hurt by ex-England rugby captain Dylan Hartley, we’re offering one lucky reader the chance to win a Ticketmaster e-code worth £500 and a copy of this frank and revealing autobiography by one of rugby’s top players. 

Catch a match of your choice at Twickenham Stadium. From the Quilter International to the Six Nations, immerse yourself in all the action at an England home match. 

For your chance to win, enter your details below.

Terms and conditions apply. Competition ends on 21 September.

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Terms and Conditions

1. No purchase necessary to enter the prize draw.  

2. This prize draw is open to UK residents aged 18 years or over, with the exception of employees of the Promoter, their families, agents and anyone else connected with this promotion. 

3. Entries must be received by 21st September 2020 12:00pm BST. The Promoter accepts no responsibility for any entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach the Promoter by the relevant closing date for any reason. Proof of posting or sending is not proof of receipt. Automatically generated entries and entries via agents or third parties are invalid and will not be counted. Entries become the property of the Promoter and are not returned.

4. Only one entry per person. No entrant may win more than one prize. 

5. To enter fill in your details on the online form. 

6. All correctly completed entries will be entered into a prize draw which will take place on 5th October 2020. The first entry drawn will be the winner.

7. The prize for the winner is a Ticketmaster e-code of £500 value to spend on tickets to a rugby game of your choice. This code will be valid for 12 months. The winner will also recieve one hardback copy (9780241348956) of The Hurt by Dylan Hartley.

8. Prizes are subject to availability. In the event of unforeseen circumstances, the Promoter reserves the right (a) to substitute alternative prizes of equivalent or greater value and (b) in exceptional circumstances to amend or foreclose the promotion without notice. No correspondence will be entered into.

9. The winner will be notified via email or post by 19th October 2020. The winner must claim their prize within 20 working days of the Promoter sending notification. If the prize is unclaimed after this time, it will lapse and the Promoter reserves the right to offer the unclaimed prize to a substitute winner selected in accordance with these rules. 

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  • The Hurt

  • 'Rugby is great for the soul,' he writes, 'but terrible for the body.'

    Rugby hurts. It demands mental resilience and resistance to pain. It explores character, beyond a capacity to endure punishment.

    Dylan Hartley, one of England's most successful captains, tells a story of hard men and harsh truths. From the sixteen-year-old Kiwi who travelled alone to England, to the winner of ninety-seven international caps, he describes with brutal clarity the sport's increasing demand on players and the toll it takes on their mental health, as well as the untimely injury that shattered his dreams of leading England in the 2019 World Cup.

    The Hurt is rugby in the raw, a unique insight into the price of sporting obsession.


    'One of the best captains I have ever worked with' James Haskell


    'Forthright and striking ... Few have had more twists and turns in a pro rugby career' Robert Kitson, Guardian

    'Anyone who cares about the game, in which he won 97 caps for England and played 250 times for Northampton, should read Hartley's book' Don McRae, Guardian

    'Fascinating ... No one should underestimate his impact' Rugby World

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