Haskell called up for Lions

Date: 21 May 2017

Haskell called up for Lions

Wasps’ back row James Haskell has been called up to represent the British and Irish Lions on their tour to New Zealand this summer.

Haskell will replace Saracens’ back row, and former Wasp, Billy Vunipola, who has unfortunately been forced to withdraw due to an ongoing shoulder injury. 

Our commiserations go to Billy after suffering this set back. It's always disappointing to see a player being ruled out through injury and we wish him well in his recovery.

Huge congratulations go to James on his call up. We are delighted for him that he will become a Lion and everyone at the club will wish him and Elliot Daly the very best of luck when they join up with the Lions squad after Wasps’ Aviva Premiership Final against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.

Lions press release here:

Billy Vunipola has withdrawn from the British & Irish Lions 2017 Tour to New Zealand due to an ongoing shoulder injury.

The Saracens No. 8 had been managing the injury which now requires further medical treatment.

Wasps and England back row James Haskell will join the squad next Sunday following the Aviva Premiership Final.

British & Irish Lions Head Coach Warren Gatland said:

"It is really disappointing for Billy and we know how much he was looking forward to joining the squad. He has been carrying an injury and feels he wouldn't be able to contribute fully to the Tour and needs further medical treatment. We really appreciate his honesty in making this decision and wish him luck with his recovery.

"We have called up James to the squad, we wish him all the best next weekend and look forward to welcoming him into camp before we depart.”

The British & Irish Lions squad convened at Carton House near Dublin this evening with 30 players in attendance. Routine medical screening will be conducted over the next 24 hours. No further update will be given until tomorrow's (Monday) media access.