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James Haskell speaks out for the first time about Wasps releasing Danny Cipriani

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When you look at the career at James Haskell, one can't help but notice his tenure with the Wasps RFC.

During his two spells with the now Coventry-based Wasps, Haskell has played 12 seasons for the club as flanker, establishing himself as a mainstay with the team.

Just a few short weeks ago, however, the announcement was made that Haskell would leave the club at the end of this season. 

This week, he spoke to Sky Sports about his some of the options for the coming year, as both Bristol and Northampton are reportedly interested in signing him. 

Haskell also stated that despite his departure from the Wasps, he wants to remain in the Aviva Premiership in order to stay in contention for England selection ahead of the 2019 World Cup.

"I've got a few opportunities; I've just got to make the right decision," the 32-year-old said.

"My priority is going to a place that I'll contribute to, will improve as a player and be competitive, and obviously keep me in the mix for England. I've got to make a big decision.

"I've got to talk to my agent, sit down and look at the options."

England's Danny Cipriani (L) and James H

Like Haskell, Wasps will also be without fly-half Danny Cipriani next season.

Cipriani hasn't had much of look-in for England since Eddie Jones took charge and faces a much tougher dilemma, with lucrative offers from France and Japan believed to be possible options.

But Haskell dismissed the theory that the fly-half will simply move to the highest bidder and hinted that he isn't completely out the reckoning with regards to the England squad.

"Danny is probably a couple of steps away from here [England] but any injury and he could come in," Haskell added.

"He is one of the best attacking 10s in the Premiership and has an unbelievable a skillset. You've seen what he's done for Wasps. Any club would be lucky to have him.

Harlequins v Wasps -  Champions Cup

"I can't comment on where he's going to be but Danny's very competitive. He's someone that really cares about what he does and how he wants to perform. He takes life very seriously.

"It would never be a decision about going for wealth, but to be a key rugby player and to help improve himself."

With both players' futures currently up in the air, rugby fans will have to wait and see where they end up next season.

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