JAMES HASKELL SIGNS NEW CONTRACT TO STAY AT WASPS
James Haskell says he turned down offers to play in France before signing a new Wasps contract because he wanted to keep his England dream alive.
The 30-year-old flanker is determined to win a place in Eddie Jones’s first England squad next week and believes he made the right choice to stay at the club he supported as a teenager. Haskell, who has won 62 caps, is no stranger to playing abroad, having turned out for Stade Francais and then experiencing rugby in Japan and New Zealand before returning to Wasps.
The Wasps captain said: “I had a couple of options in France and I also really enjoyed playing Super 15 with the Highlanders but that would also mean playing in Japan because of the difference in the seasons. “While there were conversations about playing in France, I always wanted to stay at Wasps because I want to play for England. I believe I am playing some of the best rugby of my career. “I know the rules [players based outside of England cannot be selected for the national team] and while you could chase money elsewhere, I am very comfortable at the club.“
There is a Lions tour to New Zealand next year and I would donate a kidney to be involved but getting into the England squad is my priority.”