James Haskell: How family and friends helped team recover from heartbreaking World Cup defeat by Wales

James Haskell: How family and friends helped team recover from heartbreaking World Cup defeat by Wales

England rugby star James Haskell has told how the team turned to family and friends to try and recover from the heartbreaking World cup defeat by Wales. 

The 30-year-old said the support of loved ones would help the squad “hit the ground running” today as they prepare for the make or break clash with Australia on Saturday.

Haskell, who came on as a replacement against Wales at Twickenham, said relatives and friends are “going through the emotions with you” and that it helps to have the support and to be distracted from rugby when recovering from such a crushing defeat. 

The flanker, who is in a relationship with personal trainer and nutritionist Chloe Madeley and plays for Wasps, told the Standard: “They’ll always put an arm round you, give you that support. 

“It’s always a difficult battle because they’re obviously going through the emotions with you so they kind of want to relive that, you don’t want to relive it, but they’re supportive, talk to you when you need to be talked to and maybe take your mind away from rugby and hope you hit the ground running come Monday.”

England lost 25-28 to Wales in front of more than 81,000 fans at Twickenham after losing their lead in the final few minutes. 

If they do not beat Australia at the same venue, England could face their earliest World Cup exit in history. Haskell, who has a reputation for being one of the funniest members of the squad, said he tries to “keep spirits up” among teammates.

He said: “I always try to keep spirits up and add value in the squad. Everyone has their role and if I get the opportunity to make a few guys laugh then that’s fine. 

“I don’t wake up in the morning intending to do that. I feel I’m a real professional when it comes to my rugby and I’m just blessed with being able to make people laugh from time to time.” While he turns to DJ- ing to take his mind off rugby, he said other players do activities such as playing cards, going to the cinema or having a coffee while some spend their spare time analysing the opposition. 

He said: “You know it never really stops, you have to take breaks but you have to get the balance between being super professional, super spot on, but also letting your hair down and taking a moment.”

– Entry was posted on September 29th, 2015 by James Haskell
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