James Haskell shows off his STASH and is determined to take ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity

  • James Haskell joined up with the British and Irish Lions on Sunday
  • The flanker reported for duty 24 hours after Wasps lost the Premiership final 
  • Haskell gained his Lions call-up after Billy Vunipola was ruled out week ago
England flanker James Haskell linked up with the British and Irish Lions for the first time today, and admitted: ‘It is a once in a lifetime opportunity.’

“It will be a massive day,” Haskell said to the Mail Online.

I feel like a 16 year old getting my first bit of stash! @britishandirishlions

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‘It is an unbelievable set-up, and I am back to being a newbie on something I have never done before. I want to go out there and enjoy it – it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

‘If I get lucky enough to get on the field, then I am going to play and leave nothing out there.


“Going to New Zealand is a challenge, but it is an incredible opportunity.

“As a kid, I spent my time running around when I was at school pretending to be a Lion. It’s what every player wants to do, and I have managed to make it through.

“It is a completely different challenge (with the Lions), a different mindset. I have got to find my feet pretty quickly, I have got to slot in.

“If I get an opportunity to play out there, I will do what I always try to do, which is leave nothing out there.”


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