Former England flanker James Haskell has revealed all about the ‘Mad Midget Weekender’ at the 2011 Rugby World Cup in his explosive new book ‘What a Flanker’.
“Some of the lads headed to a nightclub called Altitude for their ‘Mad Midget Weekender’, which meant revellers could combine their drinking with a spot of dwarf tossing,” wrote Haskell .
“The lads had a bit too much to drink but there was not a single dwarf tossed by an England player. Unfortunately, the nightclub posted pictures of lads rolling about on the floor with dwarves on their Facebook page and a bouncer sold CCTV footage to a journalist.
“When the story appeared, the dwarf-tossing played second fiddle to a stitch-up of Mike Tindall, who had apparently spent the evening “flirting with a gorgeous blonde”. Utter b——s.
“What irritated me was that the Irish and Welsh squads went on the p— far more than the English. Apparently, the Irish were in and out of Altitude for two days (the bar had to close and re-stock to just to accommodate them), and one of their star players had to be carried out at 8am.
“But the narrative was that England were a bunch of entitled w——, while the Irish and Welsh were plucky, fun-loving underdogs just taking a break from the rigours of the tournament.”
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10 things you didn’t know about James Haskell
1. Early life
Haskell was born in Windsor, Berkshire, and played for Maidenhead Rugby Club prior to joining (Wasps RFC), where he was part of the highly successful Colts set up.
He is the son of Jonathan and Susie Haskell. James also has one sibling, a younger brother named Edward.
3. Trouble at school
In 2003, Haskell, then 18, filmed his friend Paul Doran-Jones, who was 17 at the time, having sex with his 17-year-old girlfriend by using a secret camera set up in a boys’ dormitory at Wellington College in Crowthorne. The boys then showed the video to their friends and were subsequently suspended from the Dukes Ride school.