Northampton Saints have signed England international and British and Irish Lion James Haskell from Wasps.
The back-row forward has struck a one-year deal at Franklin’s Gardens, becoming Saints’ seventh signing ahead of the 2018/19 season.
Haskell made over 200 appearances in a 12-year career at Northampton’s Aviva Premiership rivals Wasps.
But Haskell has also excelled at international level for over a decade, earning 77 caps to date for England and getting called up to the 2017 British & Irish Lions squad that toured New Zealand – playing against a Hurricanes side led by Saints’ new director of rugby Chris Boyd.
Standing at 6ft 4in and 118kgs, Haskell can play in any of the three positions across the back-row and brings a wealth of experience to Saints’ squad having won both the Premiership and Heineken Cup titles at Wasps.
With England, Haskell has been selected for two Rugby World Cups and won three Six Nations titles, including a Grand Slam in 2016 – the same year he was named ‘Man of the Series’ in the Red Rose’s whitewash of the Wallabies in Australia.