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Haskell: Young Players Are “Glued To Their Phones 24 Hours A Day”

James Haskell

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English flanker, James Haskell, has hit out at the attitude of young rugby players looking to succeed in the game, saying they are “mollycoddled”.

The 33-year-old made the comments on Channel 4‘s, ‘The Big Tackle’ which aired this morning.

As he edges closer to retirement, the Northampton Saints player was reflecting on the future of the sport and shared his concerns about the next generation of players.

“My concern is that so many players, especially the young ones, all they know is rugby, all they want to be is rugby players, they’re glued to their phones 24 hours a day, they finish training, they go home and play ‘Fortnite’, they don’t have the social skills.”

“They’re mollycoddled with the media so they just say boring answers all the time.”

Haskell went on to share a warning to such players, reminding them that they are commodities in the game.

“You have got to remember that you are a commodity and as soon as you don’t serve your purpose, you are essentially dust.”

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Author: Marisa Kennedy

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