James Haskell is widely acknowledged as being one of Rugby’s more interesting, vocal and larger-than-life characters.
James has had an impressive career to-date, starting off by being the youngest debutant player in London Wasps Premiership history as well as uniquely being the only current England International ever to have played in both the Japanese Top League and the Super 15 in New Zealand. This standing alongside the time he spent playing Top 14 Rugby in France for Stade Francais and the time spent in the English Premiership with London Wasps playing alongside some of the greats of the game such as Lawrence Dallaglio, Simon Shaw, Rob Howley, Matt Dawson, Raphael Ibanez, Craig Dowd and Phil Vickery to mention but a few.
His team mates in Japan and New Zealand include the legendary World cup winning All Black Centre Ma Nonu as well as current All Blacks Jimmy Cowan, Adam Thompson, Andrew Hoare and Tamati Ellison.
Despite having been asked to speak at the highly prestigious Cambridge Union, James is relatively new to the circuit. Relatively new to the circuit, James has a wealth of stories and recollections of his time spent playing abroad, discovering the different cultures both on and off the pitch; appearing au natural in no less than three famous Stade Francais Calenders, including being the front cover in 2009. Not forgetting the infamous two years he shared a house with Ollie Phillips in one of Paris most fashionable districts!
James has played 46 times for full England, as well as England Sevens. He still holds the record for being the most capped player at England under-21 level. He is currently one of the most capped and experienced players in the squad, despite still being only 26.
James is also an experienced motivational speaker. So whether you are looking for a motivational team talk, a fascinating insight into World Rugby from someone who has played in virtually every major league or a light hearted and very amusing recollection of his experiences with some of the truly great characters of the game, then James is your man.
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