Haskell eyes England spot after agreeing Wasps extension


James Haskell has agreed a new contract with Premiership club Wasps that he hopes will boost his chances of becoming an England regular under Eddie Jones.

The back row forward has made 160 appearances for Wasps since making his debut at the age of 18 in 2002, winning Premiership and European Cup titles with the club.

After spells abroad in France and Japan he returned to Wasps in 2012 and won back his place in the England set-up under Stuart Lancaster.

Haskell was part of the squad embarrassed on home soil at the Rugby World Cup, but he hopes his show of commitment to Wasps will help convince Jones to retain his services going into the Six Nations. 

"I am delighted and over the moon to be extending my contract with Wasps," he told the club's official website. 

"Obviously it wasn't a decision I took lightly as being 30 it was really important I chose a team that I felt were going to compete and ultimately win silverware. I am motivated personally by always trying to improve and have a burning desire to win more silverware.

"With Dai Young in charge and our owner Derek Richardson at the helm, I felt Wasps were a team that would do that. We have a developing and exciting squad that I feel will continue in an upwards trajectory and only get better. It's an honour to be part of that process.

"It was also important that I stayed in the UK to continue my quest to play for England again. Pulling on that white shirt is why I get up every day and I feel I still have more to give at that level."