"Broke my ribs twice" - James Haskell names two Tuilagi's amongst his five toughest opponents - Ruck

“Broke my ribs twice” – James Haskell names two Tuilagi’s amongst his five toughest opponents

England international James Haskell has ranked his five toughest opponents from his incredible rugby career.

The 2016 Six Nations Grand Slam winner was integral in England’s first ever series win in Australia that same year.

But injuries since have seen his time at Test level suffer and the flanker in 2019 decided to call time on his playing days.

#1. Richie McCaw (New Zealand)

Lifting the 2011 World Cup in his backyard was a fitting tribute to one of the greatest ever All Blacks, but he went on to secure true legendary status as he continued for four more years, breaking record after record and uniquely hoisting the Webb Ellis trophy for a second time.

Haskell said: The thing that has stood out for me is his decision-making at the breakdown,  knowing when to compete for the ball, to clear out or to get back in the line, he always makes the right decision and he’s been doing it for years.”


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