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James Haskell looking to keep name in the frame for 2019 World Cup

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James Haskell realises that he has a big decision to make if he hopes to represent England in the 2019 World Cup.

The 32-year-old flanker was recently informed that he would not be offered a new deal by his Premiership club Wasps and will be a free agent in the summer.

Haskell, who has also had stints in French and New Zealand club rugby, has made nearly 200 appearances for the Coventry-based club in two separate spells (2002-2009 and 2013-2018).

In that time, he has won both the Premiership and European Cup with them and while understandably disappointed to be leaving a club that has formed such a major part of his career, he appreciates it is all part of the business of professional sport.

"They have got a job to do, a business to run and they need to pick players they think are going to take them to the next level and I didn't fit into that," he told Sky Sports.

"Wasps have been my family - I love it, the place and I will always be a fan of them.

While he is still uncertain about the destination of that club, there are certain criteria that he is looking for.

"My priority is to stay in the Premiership.

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"I have just got to make sure the next step is to go to a club where I want to play good rugby, where I will enjoy myself and most importantly will keep getting better and put myself into the frame for England.

"If the club goes well then you will be in a position to play [for England] and that is my priority.

"If I manage to make it to 2019 then brilliant but if that door closes then you have got to have] other options at your disposal."

Haskell has been a regular figure of the renaissance of English rugby under Australian coach Eddie Jones and also knows the feeling of bitter disappointment, having played in the 2015 World Cup where England did not get past the group stage.

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The 32-year-old is philosophical about whether he will get a chance to atone those bitter memories.

"Whether my career finishes tomorrow or hopefully after a World Cup win, I will be content and then I will be on to the next project of domination off the field."

While Jones keeps his cards very close to his chest regarding team selection, if Haskell stays fit and in form with his new club, it is hard to see the coach overlooking such a dependable figure for such a big tournament such as the World Cup.

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