James Haskell, born April 2, 1985, in Windsor, Berkshire, is an English professional Rugby Union player who currently plays for London Wasps.
Haskell was educated at Papplewick School, Ascot, and Wellington College, Berkshire.
At 18 years, Haskell started his London Wasps and England representative debut, the youngest Premiership player for London Wasps, his first match against NEC Harlequins and the latter for England Under 18s. After only one season with England U19s he was called up to join the England U21s, where he gained recognition as the only player to have played each and every 20 games for that age group, during two successive years.
After the team achieved the Grand Slam at that level in 2006, Haskell was selected in May 2006 for the England team in May 2006 that played the Barbarians at Twickenham. As a powerful and dynamic back rower and excellent ball carrier, he was called up for the England Sevens in 2006 playing in Dubai and George. Swiftly followed selection for the England Saxons team. James having played in both Saxons matches against Italy and Ireland in February 2007. On the 17th March 2007, he made his debut in the England senior side in the RBS 6 Nations Cup against Wales at the Millennium Stadium Cardiff.
Haskell has an unusual attribute for a Rugby Player having beaten Olympic cyclist Rob Hayles in a charity sprint cycling race at Twickenham Stadium. This event was to raise money for his former England U21 team mate Matt Hampson and other injured players.
Haskell singles out Lawrence Dallaglio - former captain of the English national team - as his sporting hero for his inspirational leadership and advice and says his parents and former London Wasps Coach Warren Gatland, have played a huge and significant part on his career.
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