James Haskell slams rugby as 'pathetic sport' after high tackle ruling – Stuff.co.nz


Wasps No 8 James Haskell lets rip at rugby’s rules after he was penalised for making a high tackle.

Former England No 8 James Haskell says rugby is becoming pathetic after his Wasps side was denied a try because of a high tackle he made.

Haskell, who played a season for the Highlanders, came off the bench for Wasps against the Northampton Saints on Sunday and was disheartened by the referee’s decision when a John Bassett touchdown was disallowed because of a high tackle by Haskell in the build-up.

“I’m pretty emotional about that last penalty, I don’t know what’s happened to rugby. It sounds like I’m fading out at the right time because it has becoming a bit of a pathetic sport at the moment I think,” he said afterwards.

A riveting game was decided by a Christian Wade double but Wasps could have won by more if Bassett’s try had been allowed.

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It was the 33-year-old’s last home game for Wasps, who beat the Saints 36-29.

James Haskell has been a part of English Rugby World Cup campaigns and a Lion's tour in New Zealand.

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James Haskell has been a part of English Rugby World Cup campaigns and a Lion’s tour in New Zealand.

The former international has struggled to find a home within the English Premiership and may have to look abroad. However, if his post-match comments are genuine, he will be happy to leave the game altogether.

The win clinches a top-four spot for Wasps and a semifinal against the Newcastle Falcons.

Former England international James Haskell played a season in Super Rugby with the Highlanders in 2012.

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Former England international James Haskell played a season in Super Rugby with the Highlanders in 2012.


 – Stuff


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