Haskell bears his soul

Date published: October 20 2014

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It has been some fortnight for Wasps captain James Haskell, with the visit to Leinster in the Champions Cup being the latest hurdle.

It has been some fortnight for Wasps captain James Haskell, with the visit to Leinster in the Champions Cup being the latest hurdle.

After spending over half of his life dedicated to Wasps, Haskell knows moving to Coventry for the club is a necessity.

His prior knowledge of the move before the rest of the world only extended to a day but he hasn’t needed any more time to process the importance of the decision.

“There was a lot of talk, but I sort of knew a day before the rest of the guys in terms of what was going to exactly happen. Yes I had one more day’s grace, but it was a shock,” said Haskell.

“It had been up in the air for so long and the players always said, don’t tell us anything until it’s concrete. Because of the business side of things, with non-disclosure agreements, there wasn’t any information before it happened in case it fell through.

“It wasn’t really a difficult week in the build-up to facing Bath. Yes it was full-on for me doing the press in Coventry, but actually as of Wednesday night everything had been answered.

“From what I can tell there’s been no opposition in the squad. Surprise yes, but everyone’s been positive about the situation.

“For some it will be difficult to move out of London, but we’ve got 18 months. When you work in any walk of life your employers get up and move, it happens. Because it doesn’t happen often in rugby people ask for guarantees, but you don’t get that in life.

“If the players don’t want to play for Wasps then there’s only a few London clubs if you want to stay in that area – even then, they’re not right in London.

“I spoke to the boys on the bus on Wednesday and said that it was all done, there’s no ambiguity, so let’s focus on Bath. The guys absolutely delivered, dealt with it all well and were outstanding.”

Matters don’t get any easier with a trip to Dublin to take on Leinster, the type of contest Wasps were dreaming about as they scrapped to make the Champions Cup playoff against Stade Fran

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