James Haskell Makes Bold England Claim Ahead Of Rugby World Cup

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Former England and Wasps flanker James Haskell reckons this year’s Rugby World Cup in Japan will be England’s best chance of winning the tournament since their famous victory in 2003.

England remain the only northern hemisphere side to have won rugby’s showpiece event, reaching the final again in 2007 before being defeated by the Springboks.

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But while hopes were high when England hosted the World Cup last time around in 2015 – Stuart Lancaster’s side infamously failed to even get out of their group.

“I think the World Cup is massively exciting for England,” Haskell told RugbyPass

“Eddie (Jones) has left no stone unturned in pursuit of making the best team possible. I think they’ve taken training to a new level.”

“I’ve had conversations with Eddie and he’s excited. I’m an England fan now and no longer a player and I’m excited to see us go on and win it.”

“For me, it’s the best chance England have had since 2003, I think we’re in the best possible place to go and compete.”

Haskell also added that he feels Danny Cipriani is the best outhalf in England right now, despite the fact that head coach Eddie Jones continues to overlook him.

“I always feel for Danny, I think he’s an incredible player. For me he’s probably the best fly-half in England at the moment on the form of last season.” Haskell added

“Obviously Eddie and the coaching staff have their reasons why.”

“I think he’s someone that you should always have in the squad, he has that ability to perform, he can do things that the other guy’s can’t.”