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.
‘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.”