Born in Windsor, James Haskell's early career saw him play rugby at Maidenhead Rugby Club before joining the Wasps Academy as a highly rated teenager.
James became the youngest player at the time to represent Wasps on the professional stage when he was handed his debut at the age of 18 in 2002, while at the same time making great strides on the international front representing England U19 and then England U21s. Outstanding performances for England U21s paved his way into the England Elite Squad and he has won over 50 caps.
Haskell's first stint at Wasps saw him represent the Club from 2002 through to 2009 where he was part of sides that won Premiership and Heineken Cup titles, before deciding to experience life overseas and joining Stade Francais where he spent two seasons.
Haskell decided to continue his overseas education heading to Japan to play for the Ricoh Black Rams after the 2011 RWC and then secured a Super Rugby contract with Otago Highlanders from where he returns to Wasps for the beginning of the 2012/13 season. James made 16 appearances for the Club during the 2012/13 season and surpassed the 100 appearances mark for Wasps. He also played a big part in the England Squad during the Autumn Internationals and the Six Nations.
In 2013/14, after having knee surgery during the summer, Haskell returned to the new season in a big way. He made 24 appearances for the Club and scored three tries, two of which at The Stinger at Twickenham stadium. Haskell went from strength to strength, captaining the side on a couple of occasions and being awarded Players' Player of the Season alongside Will Helu. He was soon called back into the England squad who travelled to New Zealand to face the All Blacks in their summer tour.
The 2014/15 season saw Haskell notch-up 150 appearances for the club and 100 points. Last season the 31-year-old was named as co-captain of Wasps with Matt Mullan. Haskell put in some good displays last season and was rewarded by Eddie Jones with a place in the starting back-row for England. Haskell impressed in the seven shirt during the Six Nations and went on to win the man of the match award in the first test against Australia this summer.
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