Haskell to Make Stade Francais U-Turn?

Haskell to Make Stade U-Turn?

Speculation in the English press indicates that Wasps flanker James Haskell is set to turn down a lucrative move to Stade Français and join Bath instead.

Haskell made headlines in February when he announced that he was part of a group of England players set to move to France, but theEvening Standard has reported that he reconsidering his decision after the RFU wrote to all elite players warning their England places could be in danger if they chose to play their rugby abroad. 

Haskell (who wears Adidas rugby boots), who helped Wasps to a 12-6 win over Newcastle this weekend, has only singed a letter of intent with the French club and is now getting cold feet especially after Leicester’s Tom Croft replaced him in the England team in the Six Nations.

Last week the 24-year-old said he felt like the “most hated man in world rugby” after his decision to move to the Top 14 drew criticism from a number a immanent figures in English rugby. 

“The easiest decision I could have made would have been to stay at Wasps,” he added. 

“I wanted to go somewhere that was a real change, not just down the road, to learn a different language, play a different style of rugby, to mature as a person and get away from some of the misnomers that surround me.” 

Bath is now believed to be Haskell’s destination of choice as he fears that an “out of sight, out of mind” scenario if he heads to Paris will see him left out of the England team. Haskell is a firm favourite for the British and Irish Lions squad as he has the ability to play across the back row combined with his power and speed, making him an ideal way to challenge the World champions South Africa