James Haskell: England flanker hungry to play in 2019 World Cup

James Haskell: England flanker hungry to play in 2019 World Cup

Wasps co-captain James Haskell says he may "lose his mind" if he does not get one more chance to play in the World Cup following England's failure in the 2015 tournament.

England became the first host nation to bow out at the pool stage following defeats by Wales and Australia.

"I know a few old wardogs have written me off," Haskell told BBC Sport.

"But I'm only 30 and in the best shape of my life. I've got to have one more crack or I'm going to lose my mind."

The flanker added: "In 2007, I missed out on final selection. 2011 didn't go that well and in 2015 we've gone out at the group stages.

"But I'm looking forward to playing in another World Cup."

Haskell came off the bench during England's 28-25 defeat by Wales he leaking of the World Cup review held after England's quarter-final exit in 2011 caused controversy, but Haskell is confident it will be done properly this time.

"Reviews happen, in business or in rugby all the time," he said. "I didn't take part in 2011 but the boys have every confidence that the structure of the way it will be done is slightly different.

"I'll be reviewing myself first and foremost and then, if invited to feed back, I will. But I'm not sure any of it will get leaked. It will be all right.

"All the players need to look at themselves. Anyone over-eager to point fingers probably needs to look at themselves. We were the ones on the field doing the work and simply didn't get the performances out there.

"We had moments of really good play and other moments where we let ourselves down. But it should never have come down to decisions like 'Should we have kicked the penalty against Wales or shouldn't we?' We should have played better.

"We knew it was going to be a difficult group. But hindsight is a wonderful thing. And we have some hard lessons to learn."

Haskell spent less than 80 minutes on the pitch during the 2015 World Cup, coming on for the final 17 minutes against Wales, before playing the first 62 minutes in Saturday's 60-3 win over Uruguay.

Although some England players may be in need of a rest both physically and mentally, the Wasps co-captain sounds ready to be thrust straight back into action for his club.

The Coventry and London-based side start the new Premiership season this Friday almost in the shadow of Twickenham against Harlequins at The Stoop.

"The Rugby World Cup was a real disappointment," he said. "But the beauty of professional sport is it gives us an opportunity to go back and play for our clubs

"A lot of guys will come back stronger. The England team will be in a good place whatever happens with the review and that kind of stuff. Players will be eager to improve and get opportunities to win silverware on the way.

"I'm not sure who to support for the rest of the World Cup now. All I do know is that the Australian side which beat England is the best I've seen."

– Entry was posted on October 16th, 2015 by James Haskell

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