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James Haskell extends time at Wasps

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James Haskell is currently in his second spell at Wasps after returning from Highlanders in 2012, and now with a new season imminent the 29-year-old has expressed his desire to stay on and hold the captaincy for another season.

The number eight has been a true leader for Wasps and given Haskell is staying on for another year this may boost confidence heading into their opening game on Saturday against Saracens, as the Englishman learnt his trade from his current club.

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Proud Moment

Haskell understands the role of captain and in a recent interview claimed how much Wasps mean to him, having spent a majority of his career at the club, and will continue doing his job to a high standard.

"Wasps is so much a part of my life, having played here for nine seasons in total. I have a lot to thank the club's coaches and support staff for, in helping me to get back into the England set-up last season," Haskell said.

"I grew up supporting Wasps, which a lot of people don't realise. I have been a boyhood fan since I was 12. I had the privilege of learning from icons of the game here, like Lawrence Dallaglio, Joe Worsley and Paul Volley, and it is a huge privilege to now be in a position to lead the club."

The 29-year-old is a born leader as being captain has always been a proud moment for any player wearing the gold and black jersey, as it is about taking Wasps to the next level and achieving greatness whilst at the club.

Haskell

Having grown up at Wasps and spending seven years with the London team, the flanker made the move to the Top 14 playing under Stade Francais before having very brief spells at both Ricoh Black Rams and Highlanders.

Haskell then made his return to Wasps in 2012 where he's made over 35 appearances and has illustrated himself as a key player for Wasps; an individual who could make or break Dai Young's season.

The Wasps head coach spoke about his delight with Haskell deciding to stay on; Young went on to explain Haskell's experience will play a big part in the season ahead for the two-time Heineken Cup champions.

"I am delighted that James has decided to extend his contract. It is an indication of the positive direction the club is moving in that players of his calibre and international experience are keen be a part of what we're working hard to build."

Time to Step Up

Haskell like many of his England contingent have an important few months ahead of themselves; the Aviva Premiership is important and that should be the main priority but there are a number of international tests coming up that will need their attention.

The test match against New Zealand in November will be historic, but also the 2015 Six Nations and Rugby World Cup are ideal competitions too; Haskell missed out on the 2014 Six Nations and will want to re-imburse his position in Stuart Lancaster's team.

But the time is now for Haskell. At 29 the Wasps captain will want to pitch a season he'll remember as Wasps have fought hard to climb back to where they once were, and this season is a telling time to do all the talking on the pitch.

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Aviva Premiership
England Rugby
London Wasps
Rugby Union

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