James Haskell

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James Haskell
James Haskell 2011.jpg
Argentina vs England at 2011 Rugby World Cup
Full name James Andrew Welbon Haskell
Date of birth (1985-04-02) 2 April 1985 (age 30)
Place of birth Windsor, Berkshire
Height 1.94 m (6 ft 4 12 in)
Weight 119 kg (262 lb; 18 st 10 lb)[1]
School Papplewick School, Ascot
Wellington College
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Flanker, Number Eight
Youth clubs
Wasps Academy
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
London Wasps
Stade Français
Ricoh Black Rams
London Wasps
correct as of 24 January 2015.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
England Saxons


correct as of 21 March 2015.
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
2006 England Dubai

James Haskell (born 2 April 1985) is an English rugby union player who currently plays for and captains London Wasps in the Aviva Premiership and internationally for England.


Haskell was born in Windsor, Berkshire, and played for Maidenhead Rugby Club prior to joining Coventry Wasps, where he was part of the highly successful Colts set up. Haskell, a six-foot four flanker represented England at under-18, 19 and under-47 levels as well as playing for England Sevens.[2] In the 2007 Six Nations Haskell was called into the starting line-up for the final game of the tournament for England against Wales at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff, where he was part of a back-row that was for the first time provided by one club - Joe Worsley and Tom Rees were the other players from London Wasps.[3] He played a prominent role in the England team in the 2008 Six Nations.[4] Haskell appeared in both tests of the 2008 summer tour of New Zealand.[5]

Haskell was selected by Martin Johnson for the 2008/2009 Elite Player Squad on 1 July 2008.[6] He appeared in all three autumn internationals, starting against South Africa.[7] Haskell participated in every game of the 2009 Six Nations, though he lost his starting berth to Tom Croft.[8]

It was announced on 17 February 2009 that Haskell would join Top 14 side Stade Francais at the end of the 2008–09 season.[9]

His performances for Stade and injury to Tom Croft meant he returned to the England squad, and he scored two tries against Wales in the first match of the 2010 Six Nations. He started all subsequent games. During a rest week in the Six Nations, Stade requested his return to Paris to face Toulouse that weekend. The RFU held firm, however, and he remained in England.[10] He announced at the end of the 2010–11 season that he had been released from his contract at Stade Francais, and would instead be rejoining London Wasps at the start of the 2012–13 season. During the season after the World Cup, he would play in Japan for the Rams, before seeking a Super Rugby contract for the rest of the season.[11]

In 2011, Haskell agreed to join the Highlanders in Super Rugby, saying he has always wanted to play in new environments and to "improve and become a better player for England".[12]

Personal life[edit]

Haskell was educated at Papplewick School[13] and Wellington College. In 2003 Paul Doran-Jones, James Haskell and a female student were suspended from Wellington College after a camera was set up to secretly record Doran-Jones and his girlfriend having sex in a boys' dormitory, breaking the no sex rule.[14][15] In his training, Haskell emphasizes overall fitness rather than pure strength, and he runs a camp at a gym to help people attain what he calls "functional fitness".[16]


  1. ^ "twitter.com". web page. James Haskell via twitter.com. Retrieved 15 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "England are the winners in the 'Dubai Ashes'". Rugby Football Union. 2 December 2006. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  3. ^ "Wales 27–18 England". BBC News. 17 March 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  4. ^ Gordos, Phil (15 March 2008). "Six Nations 2008". BBC News. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  5. ^ Standley, James (14 June 2008). "New Zealand 37–20 England". BBC News. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  6. ^ "Tindall left out of England squad". BBC News. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  7. ^ Standley, James (22 November 2008). "England 6–42 South Africa". BBC News. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  8. ^ Standley, James (21 March 2009). "2009 Six Nations". BBC News. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "Trio quit Wasps to play in France". BBC News. 17 February 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  10. ^ Mairs, Gavin (2 March 2010). "James Haskell to stay with England squad after 'club v country' row". London: BBC News. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  11. ^ "Haskell to rejoin Wasps in 2012". BBC News. 3 July 2011. 
  12. ^ James Haskell excited by Super 15 challenge after joining Highlanders
  13. ^ The Old Papplewickian, Issue No.12, 2012
  14. ^ Foy, Chris (12 November 2009). "Cross-channel move to Stade Francais ferries James Haskell back to the England stage". Daily Mail (London). 
  15. ^ Hunter, Humfrey (23 May 2008). "Three suspended over school porn video". Evening Standard (London). Retrieved 11 November 2011. 
  16. ^ Brian Viner for the Daily Mail 26 January 2013 'We're not like footballers. When I stop playing rugby I'll need another job': But until then, James Haskell is carrying a nation's hopes on his shoulders

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