Northampton Saints have confirmed the signing of England back row James Haskell from Wasps, keeping his hopes of playing in next year’s Rugby World Cup alive.
The 33-year-old has 77 caps for England, including 42 appearances in the NatWest 6 Nations. He was suspended for the first three games of the championship but was recalled and came off the bench against France before starting the final match against Ireland.
Haskell will join Saints for the start of next season on a year-long contract after making over 200 appearances for Wasps over two stints at the club, while also spending time playing in France for Stade Francais and New Zealand for the Highlanders.
“I’m really excited and humbled to be joining a giant of English rugby in Northampton Saints,” said Haskell.
“I know this is a club with a proud history and a set of passionate and loyal supporters, who always make their presence felt.”
Having been a part of Eddie Jones’ squad for the NatWest 6 Nations earlier this year, Haskell was not included in the squad that will tour South Africa in June.
With the Rugby World Cup less than 15 months away, the forward is hoping a fresh start with another club will earn him a chance to feature in Jones’ plans once more.
Haskell added: “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 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.”