Experienced England flanker James Haskell will trade Wasps for a spot at Northampton next season in order to keep his international aspirations alive.
Earlier today we reported that Danny Cipriani would be leaving Wasps at the end of this season – shunning a move abroad in favour of working towards a spot at next year’s World Cup by signing with Premiership outfit Gloucester.
Now, following that revelation, another veteran international, James Haskell, has been confirmed for a move to Northampton from Wasps. His move – like Cipriani’s – will be made with an eye on the World Cup in Japan next year and will see him attempt to make his return to the national fold following him being left out of England squad who were announced to tour South Africa last week.
A one-year contract is what has been reported (via The Independent) and with that, he will end a 12-year stint at his former club, which saw him pick up 202 appearances.
He will no doubt be hoping that this move will allow him to add to his 77 international caps and with a run of good form, could well see himself in the mix as England make the flight over to Japan next year.
Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena