Former England flanker James Haskell has told the real story behind England’s 2015 World Cup exit in the latest extract from his explosive upcoming book, ‘What A Flanker’.
Former England boss Stuart Lancaster had pointed blame at Chris Robshaw for spurning a kick for goal that might have earned the side a draw against Wales in 2015, but Haskell disagrees with this.
“I can say hand on heart it was not the captain Chris Robshaw’s fault in any way,” wrote the 35-year-old..
“Perhaps when everyone has retired I will tell what really happened out on the pitch that day as I was in the team huddle,” he added.
Of Robshaw, the 77 cap England back-rower added: “It shows the mark of the man that he has never come out and said what happened.”
He went onto criticise Lancaster’s coaching style.
“On the 2012 tour of South Africa, we were treated like kids,” wrote Haskell.
“It may or may not have had something to do with the fact that Stuart was an ex-teacher… Being treated like kids on a school trip bred resentment.”
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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.