James Haskell: Northampton Saints signal England ahead from Wasps
England flanker James Haskell has signed for Northampton Saints for subsequent season on a one-year contract.
The 33-year-old is leaving Wasps in the summertime and should be taking part in membership rugby in England to be chosen for the nationwide facet.
Haskell, who toured with the Lions in 2017, has gained 77 England caps and hopes to play in subsequent 12 months’s Rugby World Cup.
“I need to proceed my worldwide profession for so long as attainable,” Haskell instructed the Saints website.
“The one approach I can do that’s by placing my greatest foot ahead in membership rugby and serving to Saints combat their approach again into competition for silverware.
“I am actually excited and humbled to be becoming a member of a large of English rugby. This can be a membership with a proud historical past and a set of passionate and dependable supporters who at all times make their presence felt.”
Worldwide team-mate Danny Care instructed the BBC’s Rugby Union Weekly podcast that he expects Haskell to be an influential determine for Saints.
“He’s an 80-cap worldwide, a superb participant, and to see him struggling to discover a membership was surprising,” mentioned England and Harlequins scum-half Care.
“He has obtained loads of fuel within the tank nonetheless and goes so as to add quite a bit to Franklin’s Gardens subsequent season.”
Haskell joined Wasps in 2002 and spent 12 seasons with the membership, both facet of spells taking part in in France, Japan and New Zealand, and mentioned he has no laborious emotions after being deemed surplus to necessities on the Ricoh Enviornment.
England boss Eddie Jones recalled Haskell for the Six Nations game against France in March after a 12 months away from the worldwide set-up.
Haskell’s Wasps team-mate Danny Cipriani can also be leaving, the 30-year-old having agreed a move to Gloucester when his contract with the Coventry-based membership expires in the summertime.