4th Jul, 2022

Haskell called up to British and Irish Lions following Vunipola withdrawel

RUGBY UNION: WASPS’ back row James Haskell has been called up to represent the British and Irish Lion on their tour to New Zealand this summer.

Haskell will replace Saracens’ back row Bill Vunipola, who has been forced to withdraw due to an ongoing shoulder injury.

British & Irish Lions Head Coach Warren Gatland said: “It is really disappointing for Billy and we know how much he was looking forward to joining the squad.

“He has been carrying an injury and feels he wouldn’t be able to contribute fully to the Tour and needs further medical treatment.

“We really appreciate his honesty in making this decision and wish him luck with his recovery.

“We have called up James to the squad, we wish him all the best next weekend and look forward to welcoming him into camp before we depart.”

Wasps stated: “We’d like to congratulate James on his call up.

“We are delighted for him that he will become a Lion and everyone at the club will wish him and Elliot Daly the very best of luck when they join up with the Lions squad after Wasps’ Aviva Premiership Final against Exeter Chiefs on Saturday.”

Picture: Richard Lane. 

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