James Haskell became one of the youngest players to play in the Premiership when he ran out for the first team against Harlequins in September 2003 aged just 18. James replaced Joe Worsley who was on World Cup duty and ironically it was Worsley's record that he broke by 154 days.
In March 2007 James ran out for England against Wales to pick up his first senior cap, completing his international honours list which already included England A, 7s, U21, U19 and U18. James looks set to make an impact for England in the future having narrowly missed out on a place in the 30 man 2007 Rugby World Cup squad and has been named in the 2008 England Six Nations squad ' looking certain to continue with a promising career for both club and country.
On the domestic stage James never fails to impress. In the summer 2005 he graduated from the Academy to sign a full 1XV contract and a busy summer saw the flanker travel to Argentina with England U21 for the U21 World Cup, but having played a full part in Wasps Middlesex Sevens squad in August 2005, James was diagnosed with a wrist fracture, which ruled him out of the start of the 2005/06 Premiership campaign.
Though the wrist took time to recover, James made a patient and determined recovery which saw him back in action by January. With only five months left of the season, James certainly packed it in, claiming the U21 Grand Slam with England before being one of the lynchpins of the squad that went to the U21 World Championship in France in June.
2006/07 saw James build on the eight 1XV appearances and four AXV starts in 2005/06 with an impressive total of 25 appearances across all three senior competitions and describes his make or break moment as picking up the Man of the Match award against London Irish last season - a trait which has continued for him winning the award on a regular basis this season. James lists the Heineken Cup final as his greatest rugby moment and has his sights set on honours with Wasps in all competitions in 2007/08.
His efforts in the Guinness Premiership did not go unnoticed last season receiving a nomination for the Premiership's Young Player of the Season Award, and he collected silverware at Wasps End of season Awards Dinner walking away with the Young Player of the Year award.
Away from the pitch James is a fan of cars, shooting and golf as well as trips to the theatre.
For more info on James, why not visit his website www.jameshaskell.com
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|Weight:||114kgs / 17st 13lbs|
|Height:||194cm / 6ft 4ins|
|Date of Birth:||02/04/1985|
|Place of Birth:||England|
|Former Clubs:||, Stade Francais Paris, Highlanders|
|Representative Honours:||England U21, England U18, England U19, England A, England 7s|
|Debut Match:||Harlequins 13/09/2003|
|Recent Representative Honours:||England, 2008 Six Nations|
|James's Club Stats:||This Season||Club Total|
|James's Test Stats:||Win Rate||Total|
|Country||Won: 27 Drawn: 2 Lost: 21||England|
|Drop Goals||-||International Points||20|