‘Hilarious, and straight talking but also articulate and insightful – I am just hugely fond of this guy’
‘I’d like to be remembered as a player who showed that you can be incredibly professional but also a lot of fun – a bit of a joker in the changing room, but the ultimate competitor on the pitch. That should have been the subtitle of this book, really…’
One of rugby’s most ferocious flankers and biggest characters, James Haskell has had an extraordinary, global experience of the game, having played for the Wasps, Northampton and England, and in New Zealand, France and Japan. After seventeen years and with 77 international caps under his sizeable belt, he has a shitload to say about rugby life – from pitch to pub and everywhere in between.
In What A Flanker, Haskell sheds fresh light on the dynamics and the day-to-day of the game. Whether he’s recalling the most brutal team socials; dispelling the myths surrounding New Zealand’s dominance; introducing his Japanese teammates to manscaping or calling out play-acting in the modern game, no subject is off limits.
Side-splittingly funny and ruthlessly honest, What A Flanker delves into the touring, drinking, training, eating and sometimes unconscionable antics of the professional rugby player. It’s an unforgettable read, even if there are some stories you’d rather forget…
About the author
James Haskell, 35, is one of the UK's most well-known rugby players. Having progressed through all levels of rugby, Haskell retired in 2019 with 77 England caps to his name, along with representation for the British and Irish Lions. Shortly after retiring, he featured in the 2019 series of I’m A Celeb and signed a professional MMA contract with Bellator. Haskell also currently hosts the podcast, The Good, The Bad and The Rugby – but his true passion is DJing, which has taken him around the world from Ibiza to Dubai, France, America and beyond.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
As anyone who’s enjoyed an after-dinner speech from a rugby player knows, few types of people are better at spinning an entertaining (and often raucous) yarn. James Haskell belongs to this fine lineage. The former England international-slash-DJ-slash-nutrition guru-slash-celebrity husband was known for his outspoken personality in his playing career and with his gumshield now hung-up, he’s clear to spill on all sorts of hilarious, very weird and sometimes gruesome stories from inside rugby’s dressing rooms. The joy from Haskell’s book, however, lies in his ability to make fun of himself. There’s a real warmth to his anecdotes and he’s more than happy to place himself as the punchline whether it’s stag do tales or initiation tasks.
Brilliant, truthful & humorous. Well done James!