{
    "title": "Haskell laments past lapses after ban",
    "image": "https:\/\/images.supersport.com\/2018\/1\/James-Haskell-170226-LooksOn-G-300.jpg",
    "body": "<p>James Haskell has been left to rue infringements earlier in his career which the Wasps back-row believes contributed to a ban that will rule him out of England's opening two Six Nations matches next month.\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nHaskell was given a four week-ban after being sent off for a dangerous tackle on Jamie Roberts that saw him catch the Wales centre during Wasps' European Champions Cup defeat by Harlequins last weekend.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\nThe 32-year-old Haskell accepted he deserved punishment but, despite having a largely 'clean' disciplinary record for the past six years, he feels previous offences led to a ban that will see him miss champions England's Six Nations opener against Italy in Rome on February 4 and the following week's match against Wales at Twickenham.  <\/p><p>\r\n\r\nHaskell served bans totalling five weeks for head-butting in 2008 and punching in 2012.\r\n<\/p><p>\r\n\"Obviously it's really disappointing, it was a complete accident, there was no intent in it,\" Haskell said on Thursday of his tackle on Roberts.\r\n<\/p><p>\r\n\"I've had an exemplary record since 2012 but they couldn't give me full discount because I didn't have a completely clean record,\" the 75-times capped loose forward added. \r\n<\/p><p>\r\n\"They want to make rugby safe and I agree if you make contact with the head it's a dangerous play,\" explained Haskell, promoting his new book, 'Perfect Fit'.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\"The right verdict came out, I just wish I had the dispensation for essentially playing 16 years professional rugby and having two things on my record, both for completely innocuous stuff.\"\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nWith the likes of Billy Vunipola and Nathan Hughes both injured, Haskell was set to become an increasingly important part of England coach Eddie Jones's back-row plans this season, until his suspension.\r\n<\/p><p>\r\n\"I had a chat with Eddie and explained the situation,\" said Haskell. \"He told me to make the most of the four weeks out and treat it like a mini pre-season. <\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\"It's put me out of the frame for England and I have to deal with the consequences.\"\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nEngland have won 22 out of 23 tests under Jones and this week saw the Rugby Football Union announce he had signed a contract extension until 2021, taking the former Australia and Japan boss well beyond his original departure date of the end of next year's World Cup.\r\n<\/p><p>\r\nHaskell for one is delighted that Jones, who was Australia's coach when England beat them for their one and so far only World Cup title in a dramatic Sydney final back in 2003, has agreed to extend his stay.<\/p><p>\r\n\r\n\"I thought like most people he would finish in 2019, hopefully after everyone had lifted the World Cup. But Eddie has been an amazing asset to the English team.\" \r\n<\/p><p>\r\nAs for his own future the globe-trotting Haskell, whose career has included spells in New Zealand, France and Japan, was uncertain. \r\n<\/p><p>\r\n\"You always want to stay with your club. I've been at Wasps a long time,\" he said. \"But they've got to make a decision whether they want me. That's the difference. They've signed some good players and are looking to sign other players so we'll see.\"<\/p>",
    "blurb": "James Haskell has been left to rue infringements earlier in his career which the Wasps back-row believes contributed to a ban that will rule him out of England's opening two Six Nations matches next month.",
    "date": "2018-01-18T22:09:52",
    "author": "",
    "credit": "AFP",
    "img_credit": "James Haskell \u00a9 Gallo Images",
    "category": "Six Nations",
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}