Cape Town - Northampton Saints have confirmed the signing of England
international and British & Irish Lion James Haskell from Wasps for
The back-row forward has put pen to paper on a one-year deal
at Franklin’s Gardens, becoming Saints’ seventh signing ahead of the
Haskell made over 200 appearances in a 12-year career at
Northampton’s Premiership rivals Wasps, 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
But Haskell has also excelled at international level for over a
decade, earning 77 caps to date for England and getting called up to the
2017 British & Irish Lions squad that toured New Zealand - playing
against a Hurricanes side led by Saints’ new director of rugby Chris
“I’m really excited and humbled to be joining a giant of English rugby in Northampton Saints,” said Haskell.
“Having had the opportunity to play against them for many years now, I
know this is a club with a proud history and a set of passionate and
loyal supporters who always make their presence felt.
“It’s no secret that I want to continue my international career for
as long as possible; the only way I can do that is by putting my best
foot forward in club rugby and helping Saints fight their way back into
contention for silverware.
“There’s a real buzz around Franklin’s Gardens at the moment with the
arrival of current Hurricanes coach Chris Boyd, a new coaching team being put in place and a
number of top-quality players also joining the squad. I can’t wait to
get started in Black, Green and Gold.”
Standing at 6-foot-4 and 118kg, Haskell can play in any of the three
positions across the back-row and brings a wealth of experience to
Saints’ squad having won both the Premiership and Heineken Cup titles at
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.
“We’re thrilled to have captured James’ signature for next season, as
he’s a player that can bring so much to Saints,” said Northampton’s new
director of rugby Boyd.
“Not only is he a superb leader with bags of experience at the very
highest level, but James is clearly still extremely hungry to win
trophies in club and international rugby.
“His record speaks for itself and I have no doubt that he will be an
excellent fit for Northampton, both in the side and within the club.”