England and Northampton Saints flanker James Haskell has denied that he was inebriated on live television yesterday after the England-South Africa Test match at Twickenham.
A video of the 33-year-old went viral on social media last night with him slurring his words and mumbling complete gibberish when speaking alongside England rugby legend Will Greenwood.
Haskell offered some excelled insight and analysis before and throughout the game which England won 12-11 and has now revealed that his 15 seconds of madness was actually due to technical difficulties with the audio.
As you can see in the first video below, Haskell was asked to speculate how England would be celebrating their victory in the changing room.
He replied by suggesting a bit of a 'sing-song' would take place, the rest of his answer, though, is anyone's guess.
After it quickly gathered momentum on social media and more fans continued to laugh at his expense, the flanker posted a video on Twitter to explain himself.
"To clear up the fact that post-game today there was a technical issue with the audio on Sky and I was in no way drunk or p*ssed in any way, shape or form," Haskell said.
"It sounded like I had about 50 whiskeys but that was not true."
Haskell went on to congratulate his compatriots on a fine victory over a strong Springbok side, singling out Mark Wilson as the standout player.
Wilson’s ball carrying and defence were on full display yesterday as the Newcastle Falcons blindside hopes to lock down the No. 6 shirt ahead of a huge clash against the All Blacks next Saturday at Twickenham.
England fielded a young and inexperienced side yesterday and although it was a low scoring affair, it was clear to see the immense potential of some of the youngsters.
Tom Curry, aged 20, looks to be one the brightest stars in world rugby along with kicking maestro Owen Farrell who set the tone for England’s defensive defiance and kicked the match-winning penalty after taking a thunderous hit from Jesse Kriel late in the game.
England have now won back-to-back Tests against South Africa as Eddie Jones looks to find a way to recreate the form his side showed during the first two years of his tenure as head coach.