James Haskell

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James Haskell
James Haskell 2011 cropped.jpg
Argentina vs England at 2011 Rugby World Cup
Birth name James Andrew Welbon Haskell
Date of birth (1985-04-02) 2 April 1985 (age 33)
Place of birth Windsor, Berkshire
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight 120 kg (265 lb; 18 st 13 lb)[1]
School Papplewick School, Ascot
Wellington College
Rugby union career
Position(s) Flanker, Number Eight
Current team Northampton Saints
Youth Career
Wasps Academy
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2002–2009
2009–2011
2011–2012
2012–2013
2013–2018
2018–
Wasps
Stade Français
Ricoh Black Rams
Highlanders
Wasps
Northampton Saints
87
48
11
12
108
0
(70)
(35)
(5)
(0)
(30)
(0)
Correct as of 22 May 2018
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007–
2007–
2017
Saxons
England
British and Irish Lions
22
77
2
(15)
(20)
(0)
Correct as of 17 March 2018
National sevens team(s)
Years Team Comps
2006 England Dubai

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

Club career[edit]

Haskell was born in Windsor, Berkshire, and played for Maidenhead Rugby Club prior to joining (Wasps RFC), where he was part of the highly successful Colts set up. He was a replacement as Wasps won the 2007 Heineken Cup Final.[2]

It was announced on 17 February 2009 that Haskell would join Top 14 side Stade Francais at the end of the 2008–09 season.[3]

The back-rower 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 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.[4]

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".[5] While there, Haskell was competing for the Flanker position with future Scotland international, John Hardie.

In January 2018 it was announced he would leave Wasps at the end of the 2017-2018 Aviva Premiership season.[6]

International career[edit]

England[edit]

A six-foot four flanker, he represented England at under-17, 18 and under-19 levels as well as playing for England Sevens.[7] 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 Wasps.[8] He just missed out on selection for the 2007 Rugby World Cup for England, despite spending the summer in their training camp.[9] He played a prominent role in the England team in the 2008 Six Nations.[10] Haskell appeared in both tests of the 2008 summer tour of New Zealand.[11]

Haskell was selected by Martin Johnson for the 2008/2009 Elite Player Squad on 1 July 2008.[12] He appeared in all three autumn internationals, starting against South Africa.[13] Haskell participated in every game of the 2009 Six Nations, though he lost his starting berth to Tom Croft.[14]

Haskell's 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.[15]

Haskell was a member of Stuart Lancaster's 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup, however, he was left on the bench in favour of Tom Wood as England crashed out in the group stages.

Haskell was named as the 'man of the series' during England's 3-0 series victory over Australia in June 2016.[16]

British and Irish Lions[edit]

On 21 May 2017, Haskell was called up to the British and Irish lions due to an injury to Billy Vunipola.[17]

Personal life[edit]

Haskell was educated at Papplewick School[18] and Wellington College.

References[edit]

  1. ^ web page. British & Irish Lions https://www.lionsrugby.com/players/james-haskell/. Retrieved 7 July 2017.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Heineken Cup final: Leicester 9–25 Wasps". BBC. 19 May 2007. Retrieved 24 August 2015. 
  3. ^ "Trio quit Wasps to play in France". BBC News. 17 February 2009. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Haskell to rejoin Wasps in 2012". BBC News. 3 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "James Haskell excited by Super 15 challenge after joining Highlanders". Daily Telegraph. 2 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "James Haskell to leave Wasps at end of season". 31 January 2018. 
  7. ^ "England are the winners in the 'Dubai Ashes'". Rugby Football Union. 2 December 2006. Archived from the original on 1 December 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  8. ^ "Wales 27–18 England". BBC News. 17 March 2007. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  9. ^ "Tindall & Hodgson miss World Cup". BBC. 13 August 2007. Retrieved 2 September 2015. 
  10. ^ Gordos, Phil (15 March 2008). "Six Nations 2008". BBC News. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  11. ^ Standley, James (14 June 2008). "New Zealand 37–20 England". BBC News. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  12. ^ "Tindall left out of England squad". BBC News. 1 July 2008. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  13. ^ Standley, James (22 November 2008). "England 6–42 South Africa". BBC News. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  14. ^ Standley, James (21 March 2009). "2009 Six Nations". BBC News. Retrieved 25 July 2009. 
  15. ^ Mairs, Gavin (2 March 2010). "James Haskell to stay with England squad after 'club v country' row". London: BBC News. Retrieved 11 June 2010. 
  16. ^ http://www.wasps.co.uk/news/article/2016/06/30/man-of-the-series-james-haskell-on-the-3-0-series-win-over-australia
  17. ^ "Billy Vunipola withdraws from Lions squad". British and Irish Lions. Retrieved 21 May 2017. 
  18. ^ The Old Papplewickian, Issue No.12, 2012

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