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Six Nations: Dylan Hartley keen to silence Wales coach

2011 Six Nations Championship - Wales v England
Venue: Millennium Stadium Date: Friday, 4 February Kick-off: 1945 GMT
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Hurt Dylan Hartley out to prove Warren Gatland wrong

England hooker Dylan Hartley has vowed to use Wales coach Warren Gatland's criticism to inspire him in Friday's Six Nations opener in Cardiff.

Gatland caused controversy by branding Hartley a choker and questioning his temperament at the highest level.

"If anything it's given me 10 days to really prepare myself and motivate myself," 24-year-old Hartley said.

"The motivation is there already, it's a big enough game and I want to do well in an England shirt."

Hartley's disciplinary record means his temperament has been called into question on numerous occasions.

In 2007 he was banned for six months after being found guilty of gouging James Haskell twice during the same club match.

This is the first time someone has come after me in the press like that

Dylan Hartley

Last November, Hartley escaped any sanction for a forearm challenge on All Blacks captain Richie McCaw, much to the annoyance of the New Zealand team.

More recently Hartley was sin-binned during Northampton's Heineken Cup encounter with Cardiff Blues in January for fighting with his opposite number Gareth Williams.

"I suppose this is the first time someone has come after me in the press like that but I've had plenty of people try and test me on the field since the obvious four years ago," said Hartley.

"I think I've dealt with it well enough. It's 10 days' warning of what's to come. I've dealt with it before, people coming after me."

Gatland also picked on Hartley's poor line-out performance in Northampton's Premiership defeat to Leicester and claimed that he "fell apart" at Welford Road.

"It was a bit out of left field but I suppose you just have to deal with it," Hartley commented. "These things happen and it's happened."

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