What a Flanker, the title of James Haskell’s autobiography, sums up a player who was never afraid to poke fun at himself.
It’s a great read with a brilliant mix of some really funny stuff yet very insightful as well. It’s available now from Amazon.
Side-splittingly funny and ruthlessly honest, What A Flanker! delves into the touring, drinking, training, eating and sometimes unconscionable antics of the professional rugby player. It’s an unforgettable read, even if there are some stories you’d rather forget…
However, these five might want to try and avoid the book if they can…
1. Lawrence Dallaglio
Although the story regarding the England and Wasps isn’t particularly standout or shocking, it does make him look like a bit of a dick.
Before the 2007 World Cup, he invited Haskell to his hotel room for afternoon tea.
Hask found him ‘reclining on his bed in a fluffy dressing gown, like some ailing monarch.’
After making Haskell pour him a cup of tea, Dallaglio said: “Hask, I’ve been speaking to Brian (Ashton) and we’ve decided to take you to the World Cup.”
Despite spending £50 on the afternoon tea, Haskell left in a state of high excitement.
However, a few weeks later he discovered when the squad was announced and he wasn’t in it. He was never given a reason why by the Wasps captain. Baffling.