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Dylan Hartley to put brawling in the bin for front-row set-to with Wales

England captain says lack of discipline would be detrimental in live scrummaging session before first autumn international against Argentina

How fortunate it is the Barbarians, not England, opposing the All Blacks at Twickenham on Saturday. Injuries and unavailability would have limited both sides’ preparations and taken the edge off a fixture that does not absolutely have to happen now. This time next year, when black and white ambitions do finally collide, there will be no post-Lions tour hangover either.

Instead England have spent the past week in the relative peace of Portugal, thinking mostly about themselves. New Zealand’s arrival has been noted by Wasps’ No8 Nathan Hughes – “They’re beatable … when the time comes for us to play them next year we’ll see who the best team is” – but primarily the focus has been on self-improvement. England, despite one defeat in two years under Eddie Jones, are still not where they aspire to be.

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