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Former Wasps star joins Northampton Saints

The former Wasp has signed at the Gardens for a year Credit: Northampton Saints

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.

I’m really excited and humbled to be joining a giant of English rugby in Northampton Saints. Having had the opportunity to play against them for many years now, I know this is a club with a proud history and a set of passionate and loyal supporters who always make their presence felt. It’s no secret that I want to continue my international career for as long as possible; the only way I can do that is by putting my best foot forward in club rugby and helping Saints fight their way back into contention for silverware.

– James Haskell

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.

We’re thrilled to have captured James’s signature for next season, as he’s a player that can bring so much to Saints. Not only is he a superb leader with bags of experience at the very highest level, but James is clearly still extremely hungry to win trophies in club and international rugby.

His record speaks for itself and I have no doubt that he will be an excellent fit for Northampton, both in the side and within the club.

– Northampton’s new director of rugby Chris Boyd