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Dai Young defends James Haskell’s Royal Wedding attendance after Lawrence Dallaglio criticism

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Wasps succumbed to defeat against Saracens in the playoffs of the Aviva Premiership at the Allianz Park on Saturday, which marked their exit from the tournament, and their London rivals confirming their place in the final against Exeter Chiefs, set to be played later this month.

The final scoreline read 57-33, but World Cup winner Lawrence Dallaglio highlighted a key absence from the Wasps' squad that has grabbed the headlines since.

During the post-match analysis, Lawrence expressed his opinion about the fact that James Haskell was not present with his team, rather attending the Royal Wedding this past weekend to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle tie the knot.

The rugby pundit said: “It would be poor form really, wouldn't it?

“He [Haskell] should be here with his teammates. I'm sure Harry wouldn't mind, he loves his rugby anyway.”

Haskell has been nursing a foot injury and was already ruled out of the one-sided contest in London, but it was Dai Young, the director of rugby at Wasps, who granted him permission to leave for Windsor Castle to witness the wedding.

The flanker was among the many celebrities in attendance at the grand ceremony on Saturday and he also gave an interview at the venue with girlfriend Chloe Madeley by his side.

Since the criticism of Lawrence, Young was quick to defend his player, stating it was his decision to let the Northampton-bound back row leave and his professionalism should not be questioned.

The 50-year-old said: “I think Lawrence wanted an invite himself! It was my decision.

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“James has a nasty foot injury and is probably another couple of weeks away from doing anything. The Royal Wedding is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

“I don't think he's done anything wrong. He's supported the players as much as he can and he shouldn't be criticised too much.”

With the season coming to a conclusion in a week’s time, the 33-year-old Englishman will be sporting a new kit from next season at Northampton Saints, and would be geared up to showcase his best form in order to make the cut for Eddie Jones’ squad for the World Cup in 2019.

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