James Haskell, born April 2, 1985, in Windsor, Berkshire, England, is an English professional Rugby Union player who currently plays for London Wasps in the Aviva Premiership and internationally for England.
A six-foot four Flanker, Haskell’s early career saw him play rugby at Maidenhead Rugby Club before joining the London Wasps academy as a highly rated teenager.
Haskell became the youngest player to represent Wasps on the professional stage when he was handed his debut at the age of 18 in 2002, while at the same time making great strides on the international front representing England U19 and then England U21. Outstanding performances for England U21 paved his way into the England Elite Squad. won over 40 caps so far.
Haskell’s first stint at Wasps saw him represent the Club from 2002 through to 2009 where he was part of sides that won Premiership and Heineken Cup titles, before deciding to experience life overseas and joining Stade Francais where he spent two seasons.
Haskell re-sgined with Wasps for the 2012/13 season but decided to continue his overseas education heading to Japan to play for the Ricoh Black Rams.
Haskell, who is straight, is a defender of gay rights. He thinks it’s time that his fellow players who are gay not have to hide that part of themselves.
He tells Attitude: “I’m surprised that across all sports more people haven’t come out because going by sheer statistics there have to be lots of gay sportsmen, right? I hate the idea of people feeling they can’t just be themselves and personally I wouldn’t give a s**t if any of my team-mates were gay.”