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Wasps skipper James Haskell extends contract

  • James Haskell has committed his future to the club by signing a contract extension
  • The Wasps captain has made 160 appearances for the club since becoming the youngest player to represent them in 2002
  • Haskell returned to Wasps in 2012 following stints abroad with Stade Francais and the Otago Highlanders
James Haskell has extended his contract with Wasps. Back-rower Haskell, this season’s co-captain alongside Matt Mullan, has agreed to extend his second spell at the Coventry-based club after his current deal was due to expire in the summer.

Since making his debut in 2002, which made him the youngest player ever to turn out for Wasps, the 30-year-old England back row has made 160 appearances for the club during two spells and has amassed 62 test caps including appearances at two Rugby World Cups.

“I’m over the moon to be extending my contract with Wasps,” said Haskell, who left in 2009 for spells in France, Japan and New Zealand before returning in 2012.

“It’s the only Premiership club I’ve ever known and feels like home, even after my stint around the world.

“I supported Wasps as an avid fan from the age of 13, so to be able to extend my stay, and lead the boys out as captain, is a dream come true.

“Obviously it wasn’t a decision I took lightly as being 30 it was really important I chose a team that I felt were going to compete and ultimately win silverware.

“With Dai Young in charge and our owner Derek Richardson at the helm, I felt Wasps were a team that would do that.

“We have a developing and exciting squad that I feel will continue in an upwards trajectory and only get better. It’s an honour to be part of that process.”

Haskell spent 15 months in international exile that ended when he was selected for the 2014 tour to New Zealand and he has been an ever-present in England’s squad since.