- DOB2 Apr 1985
England international and British & Irish Lion James Haskell made the short move across from Coventry to join Saints in 2018 after a storied career at Wasps.
Haskell made over 200 appearances in a 12-year career at Northampton’s Premiership rivals, splitting two spells at the club with stints across the globe at Stade Français, Ricoh Black Rams, and the Highlanders – playing on almost every stage world rugby has to offer.
The lock was a part of the 2003, 2004 and 2005 Premiership title-winning seasons with Wasps, as well as also winning the 2004 and 2007 Champions Cup competitions.
On his return to England in 2012, Haskell quickly racked up a century of appearances for the Club and featured in the 2017 Premiership Rugby final.
But Haskell has also excelled at international level for over a decade, earning over 75 caps for England and getting called up to the 2017 British & Irish Lions squad that toured New Zealand – playing against a Hurricanes side that was then led by Saints’ director of rugby Chris Boyd.
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.
Standing at 6ft 4in and 118kgs, Haskell can play in any of the three positions across the back-row and brought a wealth of experience to Saints’ squad on his arrival at Franklin’s Gardens in July 2018.