James Haskell: I do not know where I will play next year… but I hope I do for England | Rugby Union | Sport


The Wasps’ back rower is out of contract at the Ricoh Arena at the end of the season but revealed he has not been snowed under with offers.

His preferred option is to stay at his current club but as someone who has played for Stade Francais, the Highlanders in New Zealand and in Japan since his first stint at Wasps, he is not afraid to up sticks.

A move abroad would permanently halt his 75-cap career so remaining in the Premiership would be his preferred option, but he has heard nothing yet.

Haskell said: “I would like to say there is an exciting raft of offers but there is absolutely nothing going on. I don’t know whether I should be worried, or not worried, I don’t know.

“You would hear probably by the end of January or February you would hope. Some teams like to sign people early doors, some don’t. Maybe they don’t want me – I don’t know what I’ll do.

“Having been around the world I would prefer to stay in the UK. Obviously Wasps would be my first choice, but if there is no interest here then you have to do what you have to do. It is always the way. It is a tough thing.

“I have left and come back. The most important thing would be England, if you made that decision to go abroad then you firmly slam the door on that. That is very hard to do if you still feel you can play a role.”

Haskell was left out of the autumn internationals by Jones, who will name a squad for a two-day training camp in Brighton, starting on Monday.

So when the flanker runs on the pitch for Wasps at Bath tonight he will have a rough idea where the land lies with England.

“I will take 76 caps if you are offering,” he said. “I was out and I was dust, so it would be nice to get in, play well and win, regroup after that and see how it goes.

“I have got on with my business here. If you go well for your club and your club goes well then people start talking about you, if you don’t you are bottom of the list, aren’t you?

“I had a watershed moment after I missed out on England – I thought, ‘Hold on a minute I feel really good, I am being really professional, I am not playing badly’. Being harsh on myself I probably wasn’t setting the world alight, so I am in a good place to move on.

“I have not given up on England at all. With my form at the moment I am getting right back up there to my best which is good. I can still do a job there and go well.”

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