England World Cup ambition to influence Haskell's choice


James Haskell's search for a new club will be influenced by his chances of staying in the England reckoning, as he considers several options.

Wasps announced last month the powerhouse flanker will be released when his contract with the Premiership side expires at the end of the season. 

Haskell, back in England's squad for the Six Nations contest with Scotland next weekend after missing the first two rounds through suspension, wants to stay in the Premiership with a team competing for major honours to stay in Eddie Jones' plans for next year's Rugby World Cup

"My priority is going to a place that I'll contribute to, will improve as a player and be competitive, and obviously keep me in the mix for England. I've got to make a big decision," Haskell, who has been linked with Northampton Saints and Bristol, told Sky Sports.

"I've got to talk to my agent, sit down and look at the options.

"I'm very sad to be leaving Wasps and I just want to keep being involved here [with England]. I want to play at a club that is competitive and is going to win silverware."

Danny Cipriani is another player leaving Wasps at the end of the season, with the fly-half expected to leave for a foreign venture, having failed to break back into the England reckoning.

But Haskell says Cipriani will not be motivated by money when making his choice.

"Danny is probably a couple of steps away from here [England] but any injury and he could come in," he added.

"He is one of the best attacking 10s in the Premiership and has an unbelievable a skillset. You've seen what he's done for Wasps. Any club would be lucky to have him.

"I can't comment on where he's going to be but Danny's very competitive. He's someone that really cares about what he does and how he wants to perform. He takes life very seriously.

"It would never be a decision about going for wealth, but to be a key rugby player and to help improve himself."