Sunday 16 December 2018

James Haskell signs for Northampton Saints to keep Rugby World Cup dream with England alive

England back-row James Haskell
England back-row James Haskell
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Northampton have signed England back-row forward James Haskell on a one-year contract from Wasps.

The 77-times England capped forward is the seventh close-season signing to arrive at Franklin's Gardens ahead of the 2018/19 season.

He made over 200 appearances during a 12-year career with Wasps and has also played for Stade Francais, Ricoh Black Rams and the Highlanders.

"I'm really excited and humbled to be joining a giant of English rugby in Northampton Saints," said Haskell.

"Having had the opportunity to play against them for many years now, I know this is a club with a proud history and a set of passionate and loyal supporters who always make their presence felt."

Haskell was also a member of the British and Irish Lions squad that toured New Zealand last year and played against a Hurricanes side led by Saints' new director of rugby Chris Boyd.

Haskell added: "It's no secret that I want to continue my international career for as long as possible; the only way I can do that is by putting my best foot forward in club rugby and helping Saints fight their way back into contention for silverware.

"There's a real buzz around Franklin's Gardens at the moment with the arrival of Chris Boyd, a new coaching team being put in place and a number of top-quality players also joining the squad. I can't wait to get started in black, green and gold."

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