NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell


By Saint Ted
May 14 2018

JAMES HASKELL SIGNS FOR NORTHAMPTON SAINTS MONDAY, MAY 14, 2018

 

 

Northampton Saints are delighted to today confirm the signing of England international and British & Irish Lion James Haskell from Wasps.

The back-row forward has put pen to paper on a one-year deal at Franklin’s Gardens, becoming Saints’ seventh signing ahead of the 2018/19 season.

Haskell made over 200 appearances in a 12-year career at Northampton’s Aviva Premiership rivals Wasps, splitting two spells at the club with stints across the globe at Stade Français, Ricoh Black Rams, and the Highlanders – playing on almost every stage world rugby has to offer.

But Haskell has also excelled at international level for over a decade, earning 77 caps to date for England and getting called up to the 2017 British & Irish Lions squad that toured New Zealand – playing against a Hurricanes side led by Saints’ new director of rugby Chris Boyd.

“I’m really excited and humbled to be joining a giant of English rugby in Northampton Saints,” said Haskell. 

“Having had the opportunity to play against them for many years now, I know this is a Club with a proud history and a set of passionate and loyal supporters who always make their presence felt.

“It’s no secret that I want to continue my international career for as long as possible; the only way I can do that is by putting my best foot forward in club rugby and helping Saints fight their way back into contention for silverware.

“There’s a real buzz around Franklin’s Gardens at the moment with the arrival of Chris Boyd, a new coaching team being put in place and a number of top-quality players also joining the squad. I can’t wait to get started in Black, Green and Gold.”

 

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NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Marching On (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 09:50

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Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
Date: 13/05/2018 23:10

Rugby journo just announced on twitter that we will unveil him tomorrow

I’m happy when international talent and proven hard working winners are signed.


Others will combust on here, I’ve got my popcorn ready....

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: fleetg (IP Logged)
Date: 13/05/2018 23:15

No self combustion from me just can't stand the bloke.
You sound like his agent !!

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 13/05/2018 23:15

Very good player

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Walks11 (IP Logged)
Date: 13/05/2018 23:18

Just seen that.. while he still harbours and is in with a shout of playing for England he will bust a gut playing for whoever so I don’t think it’s a bad short term signing. I would hope we have got him on the cheap relatively speaking.

As you say await the angry mob

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Walks11 (IP Logged)
Date: 13/05/2018 23:20

And Owen Slot reporting that Cipriani will be announced as a Gloucester player this week

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Saint.Kenneth (IP Logged)
Date: 13/05/2018 23:46

Hask is (or was...don't know yet!) a decent international standard player. I don't really care what his antics are off the pitch, as long as he represents the club well in public. I'm sure if he's a pillock around the squad, he'll be put in his place, although he may be the kind of character that gets a squad going and help bond it.

My initial reaction was "oh-no!".... but happy to let James show us what he's made of when wearing the jersey.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Eif Jones (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 00:47

Why are Haskell and Cipriani leaving a top side in Wasps to sign up for lowly sides like Saints and Gloucester? An answer to that question should provide better info on the yes/no of signing them.

Is the Saints signing of Haskell an insurance against the threat of relegation. I have my doubts over Haskell making much difference to the Saints back row for more than the short term, surely its time to prioritise younger, more long term solutions in such a position, whatever that might be in Haskell's case.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: andysaint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 00:54

Bemused by this signing. Gibson is a nailed on starter at 6. We’ve got Brussow at 7 or Harrison considering the way he’s been playing there I’d like to see him start there. Haskell is not going to play 8 I would think. We’ve got Wood also at flanker. Then what is going to happen to Ludlum? Considering his age he will surely only be here for one season for one last decent premiership pay check and to get himself into the World Cup squad. Better, younger, more future proof flankers out there. He is a good tackler and hard working player but we already have at least three of those in Wood, Gibson and Harrison. So what else is he going to bring to the party? Disappointed in a recruitment here.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: ElySaint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 05:57

Do we really need another flanker? We currently have

Henrich Brussow
Tom Wood
Jamie Gibson
Teimana Harrison
Lewis Ludlam
Paddy Ryan (senior academy)


Number 8s. We have Mitch Eadie. Surely we're still needing another player here?

If this one is true, then good luck to James in the GB&G. Have the same concern as andysaint about Lewis' development now. I just don't see this as a signing that actually improves the stable of back rowers, just engorges it.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Saint Jericho (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 06:06

If we needed a good quality, relatively cheap squad player we should have kept Nutley. The only area Nutley isn't as good as Haskell is self promotion.

As others has said I don't see the logic in this recruitment but it sounds like it is done now so welcome to the Saints, James.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: SuffolkSaint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 06:33

Ludlam signed a one year deal last year, turning down the two year option offered by the club and offers from 3 other premiership clubs.

He has to get decent game time this year or he wi be gone.

Feels like the club value one year of Haskell over Ludlams long term development.

Very disappointing

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: JRM (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 06:34

Just wait until the 'never in my day' brigade wake up and see this thread. There will be the same outcry as there was when Corne Krige was signed, threats of returning their season tickets and burning their shirts in front of the statue. As others have said, I personally cannot see why, would rather have seen the signing of a 'lump' at 8. However, management ( I hope) know better than me so if true, welcome James.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: ElySaint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 06:38

I suppose, in some respects, the onus is now on Lewis to prove what Jack Willis has done at Wasps in the last few months.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: SuffolkSaint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 06:46

Quote:
ElySaint
I suppose, in some respects, the onus is now on Lewis to prove what Jack Willis has done at Wasps in the last few months.

Yes given a chance to do so as Willis was at Wasps!

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: SaintMaul (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 06:54

If Haskell is the answer then, for me, we are asking the wrong question.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: saintsfella (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 07:12

IF he’s signed to compete in the 8 shirt and IF he isn’t only huge money but is taking a punt to get in an England shirt, then I have no issue with this one.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Lamont4Saints (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 07:20

The only reason I see to sign he would be a great bench player. He offers impact and can cover the whole back row.

Personally I don’t think we needed another flanker, it doesn’t matter who it is we have a desperate need for an 8!

Maybe he’ll play 8 again? Who knows but this is random if true.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Mobbs (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 07:23

Biggest ego in English rugby at the end of his career but nonetheless a lump in the back row. If this signing hinders the progress of Ludlam and others.......we shall see.

Big problems at Wasps I fear whatever Dayglo says.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Deesaint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 07:24

Our pack suffered badly this year
Bullied
Pushed backwards at scrum
Appalling at breakdown ( especially with Gibson and wood in tandem)
Little front foot ball
Absence of big ball carriers

I can see why we would want to sign JH

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Brackleysaint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 07:26

Played at 8 for a number of periods during his career including I believe his stint in Super Rugby, perhaps filling a void short term.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Duckonstilts (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 07:31

I just dont see what he offers that is different or better than what we have. However if Gibson or H have a good start to the season and Eddie notices then we will be glad to have experienced backup.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Saint Matt (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 07:32

If true I think it's a good signing.

I get he's divisive, but he's a much better player than Nutley. He works exceptionally hard in defence, which was such a poor area for us last year.

It will take Boyd time to make the team 'his'. So short term signings like this effectively buy him a year or so and I've no problem with that. Wood isn't the player he once was and Ryan should be targeting the season after next as a breakthrough, not this one.

The only negative will be if this stops Ludlam's development. If the game's won/lost with 10mins to go I don't want to see Haskell coming off the bench for meaningless minutes, that's development time...

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: herbie85 (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 07:33

Quote:
SaintMaul
If Haskell is the answer then, for me, we are asking the wrong question.

This massively. What are we doing saints. Offers no real carrying ability, breakdown skills. Will make tackles, although will prevent ludlam game time. Haven't we got enough 6.5's?

This has actually disappointed me, especially when you also think about the cap money it will use. That doesn't often happen with new signings!



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Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: smitferbrainz (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 07:46

So "in Chris Boyd we trust" then? If Chris Boyd feels we need him then there must be a reason. I'm not keen on the guy, hope it's short term and until Chris Boyd can get the back rower that he, perhaps, would like. Maybe there were few other choices. Best of luck James, welcome to Saints for however long you are here. When you step on the pitch the fans will be behind you.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 07:50

Oh I’m loving the meltdown on here...


“Nutley offers the same as Haskell”


Yeah Ben has a bucket load of England caps and picked for the Lions. Either that or he couldn’t even get in a garbage saints team.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 07:51

Quote:
herbie85
Quote:
SaintMaul
If Haskell is the answer then, for me, we are asking the wrong question.

This massively. What are we doing saints. Offers no real carrying ability, breakdown skills. Will make tackles, although will prevent ludlam game time. Haven't we got enough 6.5's?

This has actually disappointed me, especially when you also think about the cap money it will use. That doesn't often happen with new signings!

you know the finances of the deal?

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Deesaint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 07:55

Saints have appalling season
New DoR appointed
Brings in experienced international player
Some don’t like the player
Stupid new DoR. What a rubbish decision
Existing players that didn’t perform must be picked moving forward

Cognitive dissonance

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: herbie85 (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 07:57

Quote:
Wilson Pickett
Oh I’m loving the meltdown on here...

“Nutley offers the same as Haskell”


Yeah Ben has a bucket load of England caps and picked for the Lions. Either that or he couldn’t even get in a garbage saints team.

Your correct Wilson, in comparing the twos achievements is illogical as there is a gulf. The caveat is, England and lions selection has been and still is extremely questionable, certainly in my opinion and I would think a lot of others, just look at the controversy with this squad. a lot of players have a lot of caps, but I wouldn't necessarily think they would all benefit our side.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 07:58

Quote:
herbie85
Quote:
Wilson Pickett
Oh I’m loving the meltdown on here...

“Nutley offers the same as Haskell”


Yeah Ben has a bucket load of England caps and picked for the Lions. Either that or he couldn’t even get in a garbage saints team.

Your correct Wilson, in comparing the twos achievements is illogical as there is a gulf. The caveat is, England and lions selection has been and still is extremely questionable, certainly in my opinion and I would think a lot of others, just look at the controversy with this squad. a lot of players have a lot of caps, but I wouldn't necessarily think they would all benefit our side.


Interesting from the Mirror...... love a bargain


“But it is thought he has accepted a cut-price switch from the West to East Midlands where, at the very least, he will remain eligible for selection should Eddie Jones decide he has another season in him.

“I have to look at what is important to me,” Haskell said in February when admitting that “100 per cent” he was prepared to slash his salary demands to stay at English rugby’s top table.

“My priority is to try to be in this England squad going towards a World Cup in Japan under Eddie Jones. There would be a big pot of gold at the end of that rainbow.””

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: herbie85 (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 08:04

Would imagine he will be on a sizeable whack. His honours have just been highlighted, I would imagine he hasn't come here for a bit of boot and beer money.

Ah well. We have had players I've had no time for before and I'm sure we will again!



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Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 08:17

Quote:
herbie85
Would imagine he will be on a sizeable whack. His honours have just been highlighted, I would imagine he hasn't come here for a bit of boot and beer money.
Ah well. We have had players I've had no time for before and I'm sure we will again!


please read the content - he has needed to take a pay cut to just get some rugby

he earns decent money from his endorsements and other fitness exploits

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Hantsaintsrus4 (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 08:28

If true it's a very poor decision in my opinion. We should be building for the future, starting with a collective inner team spirit. That no other team wants him is a clue. Oh dear!

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Olney678 (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 08:34

I am a first time poster here, but long time Saints fan so please go easy on me. This thread caught my eye though.

I do struggle to see the issue with signing Haskell, someone who more than adequately covers all 3 back row positions and has been an integral part of a top 4 squad for the last couple of years. For me he is something different. Wood and Gibson are very similar, we don't have a lump at 6. His defence is as good as any and that is definitely something we lack, even more so since the very sad retirement of Horne. Haskell can be our defensive leader. He really seems motivated and that can only be a good thing, and I may be wrong but Boyd would have probably seen Haskell during his stint in super rugby and sees him as a guy that can play the style he wants to implement at Saints. He may be 32 but he looks after himself physically, Ludlum is a 7 with great potential, he shouldn't feel threatened by Haskell he should see it as a great opportunity to learn from an experienced international who has played in every major competition in world rugby. If anyone is in Ludlum's way it would be Brussow.
Haskell is a winner and I can only see that as a positive following the departures of Day, Myler and Foden.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: herbie85 (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 08:34

Quote:
Wilson Pickett
Quote:
herbie85
Would imagine he will be on a sizeable whack. His honours have just been highlighted, I would imagine he hasn't come here for a bit of boot and beer money.
Ah well. We have had players I've had no time for before and I'm sure we will again!


please read the content - he has needed to take a pay cut to just get some rugby

he earns decent money from his endorsements and other fitness exploits

Ah papers, always known for their 100% content. That lines fine from feb, he may for all I know have taken a 75% cut. He may have taken a 5%. We don't know, all I'm saying is even with a pay cut, in my view it probably still isn't cheap. I would love to be wrong, and possibly could be.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Walks11 (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 08:41

Quote:
Eif Jones
Why are Haskell and Cipriani leaving a top side in Wasps to sign up for lowly sides like Saints and Gloucester? An answer to that question should provide better info on the yes/no of signing them.
Is the Saints signing of Haskell an insurance against the threat of relegation. I have my doubts over Haskell making much difference to the Saints back row for more than the short term, surely its time to prioritise younger, more long term solutions in such a position, whatever that might be in Haskell's case.

money Eif. Haskell and Cipriani would be on a good wedge, they have some good back rowers coming through so don't really need to sign a like for like to cover Haskell and the money they have saved will go on their new All Black 10 who will also be a marquee player. so probably cost neutral but they have got two big earners out of their salary cap.

with regards the supposed decisive element, I am sure when we are thinking of signing any England player, Dylan and Courts and the rest of the lads who have been involved with England are consulted on whether said player is a good fit or not. If he was deemed to be that bad I doubt Dylan would endorse his signing.

As some of the other posters have mentioned if you think beyond the sensationalist nature of the signing do we really need another 6/7. Maybe he's playing for next to nothing just to prolong bis test career.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Stevie Myler's right boot (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 08:51

He will be on a mission with a point to prove to get in the England squad for WC. if got for the right money on a 1 year deal it’s a win-win in my book.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: San Miguel (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 08:58

Don't get the antipathy. Not quite the same as the Corne Krige signing and still has a lot to offer. Our cup doesn't exactly overflow with on and off field leaders and Haskell will bring a strong presence to the dressing room.

I will be wishing him and our other new recruits my full support.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: jimmies (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 09:12

This could be awesome or a complete failure

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: acl saint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 09:15

Aggressive and a good ball carrier.

Cracking signing!!

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Flook (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 09:17

Quote:
jimmies
This could be awesome or a complete failure

Just what most folks think at the start of any Saints season then.(Sm102)

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: TringSaint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 09:19

Welcome Olney678.
Great post and I totally agree - he is a leader and love him or loathe him, he does deliver on the field.

People of here bang on about Nuttley, et al and how it is an absolute travesty that they didn’t get first team game time. But look where they have gone to. The only departing player of recent years who has been snapped up by a better side than us is Calum Clarke. The rest have gone to the championship or lower or as bench fodder for bottom end teams.

If these lads were so fantastic then why hasn’t a top team snapped them up?

I’m sure Boyd has a plan and didn’t see the young lads as making the grade and is backfilling with experience where it is needed (Woody should be doing that role but is playing so under par that I can’t see him being anything more than a bit part player next season).

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Saint Jericho (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 09:29

He's being announced at 10 so it's definitely happening. We can't change it so let's get behind Haskell and trust in Boyd's vision. Welcome James.

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
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Date: 14/05/2018 09:37

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Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Matthew (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 09:38

Got to be certain now....

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Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Flapjack (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 09:39

Coaching & recruitment meeting-

Coach 1: I'll tell you what, Jamie Gibson has been brilliant this season.
Coach 2: Yeah, potential captain next season.
Idiot: Lets sign James Haskell
All: Aye!

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: RugbyInsideLine (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 09:40

Quote:
Matthew
Got to be certain now....
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Got to be certain now...

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Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Wrench (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 09:48

Let's put it this way, every single Rugby fan I have in my phone has messaged me this morning ripping me a new one, all finding this signing absolutely hilarious. Can't believe we are the fools going in for him.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Saint Jericho (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 09:58

In Tom Vickers report of the signing there is no mention of Brussow as one of our back row options next season. Should we read anything into this? Maybe his fitness issues?

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: acl saint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 09:58

I think he’ll play at 8.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Bob Stainsby (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 09:59

Welcome indeed Olney678 and for a first post that is spot on with my thinking too. Ditto comments about Dylan Courts etc possibly (probably) having input.

The off field 'persona' is as with many high-profile sportsmen and women all meant to keep the cash till ringing with endorsements ads etc. I often find it amusing when some folk comment on any in the news be it sports or entertainment (same thing?) etc "Oh I can't stand such and such" when they have never met the individual let alone got to know them, don’t confuse public ‘face’ with private.

Finally, we are all excited and pleased to have a top rugby coach joining us who must be having his say in guiding recruitment.

In Boyd we believe yes?

Edited to add Welcome James



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Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: lost in duston (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 10:02

Knee jerk reaction was “Nooooooooo”
But
He could be one of those players that makes you change your mind and becomes a fans favourite.

Then again.....

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 10:04

Quote:
Wrench
Let's put it this way, every single Rugby fan I have in my phone has messaged me this morning ripping me a new one, all finding this signing absolutely hilarious. Can't believe we are the fools going in for him.


My mates say great signing - I guess we will find out who is smarter


Flappers - you know I respect your opinion but do you think Boyd is an idiot? You need depth in the back row, is such an attritional game.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Matthew (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 10:04

This would appear to resolve the discussions of who should be captain next year. Plus I understand that Haskell has a digger, so as well as playing in the back row he can provide cover at groundsman.*

Reading between the lines, does this mean that the out-and-out 8 Boyd wants may not be available this season?

Anyway, welcome to Haskell and I look forward to him proving the naysayers wrong as he makes best efforts to fight his way into the England squad.

NB I did wonder when he did a book signing in Northampton last month, but not in Coventry....

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Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Saint Jericho (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 10:06

Tom Vickers just forgot about Brussow...he's not leaving.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: acl saint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 10:07

Quote:
Bob Stainsby
Welcome indeed Olney678 and for a first post that is spot on with my thinking too. Ditto comments about Dylan Courts etc possibly (probably) having input.
The off field 'persona' is as with many high-profile sportsmen and women all meant to keep the cash till ringing with endorsements ads etc. I often find it amusing when some folk comment on any in the news be it sports or entertainment (same thing?) etc "Oh I can't stand such and such" when they have never met the individual let alone got to know them, don’t confuse public ‘face’ with private.

Finally, we are all excited and pleased to have a top rugby coach joining us who must be having his say in guiding recruitment.

In Boyd we believe yes?

+1

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Deesaint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 10:11

Welcome James
Looking forward to next season already

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: herbie85 (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 10:33

Quote:
Saint Jericho
He's being announced at 10 so it's definitely happening. We can't change it so let's get behind Haskell and trust in Boyd's vision. Welcome James.

Reluctantly this. As others have said, let's hope we see him hungry on the pitch heading to the RWC and get no antics off the field. Can't fault his pedigree. Boyd knows slightly more than me. Only slightly though*

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Hantsaintsrus4 (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 10:37

I can feel a Hoddle's Hunch coming on! How many games will this gym monkey play for Saints? Given his ambition to play for his country and the inevitable injuries that will occur due to his age, I will guess 10.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: SaintsAsh (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 10:38

My goodness, why all this negative stuff?

Maybe all the decent 8's on our radar are contracted for another year, maybe we are using Hask as a stop gap until they are available. None of us know, so lets get behind the coaches and the player.

I think he is the type of player we have been missing, all our back rowers are lightweight and he adds some much needed beef to the pack.

I really hope he tears it up and proves everyone wrong tongue sticking out smiley

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: fair_weather_fan (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 10:46

So all those points conceded against saracens, last in total points conceded by a country mile, a ninth place league finish that could easily have been 11th, and still there are folks squeaking 'I dont know why we signed him'.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Saint Ted (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 10:49

I'm excited about this, by the looks of the comments from journos it seems to be a one year contract on reduced money, the guy is extremely focused, wants to be on the plane to Japan and will give absoluteley everything he can to do it, that can only benefit us.

He's good mates with Dylan and from what I've seen buys into Dylans leadership and will pass that down to the younger players.

Chances are because of various factors, we may not have got a number 8 that suited Boyd's plans, Boyd himself has said in the chron today that this is one of his signings, that's more than good enough for me

His off field persona doesn't suit everyone, I find him pretty funny and the few occasions I've met him I've found him to be a decent bloke

Welcome to the Saints Hask

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: alwayshopeful (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 10:59

Welcome James -

It seems to me that his commitment to one last season to get to the world cup and belief that if, and only if, he is dominant in a prem club, putting in huge performances week in week out, will be the only way to achieve his goal - we could see a really good signing here.

Its really a "one and done" deal... I would see this as a bit inspired and somewhat opportunistic from Boyd and team.. He could be another leader in the pack (although didnt he and Dylan have some beef a while ago?.. could be interesting? ) absolutely focused on draggin himself and the team together to pull together quickly..

I also hope he doesn't do any interviews.

BTW.. surely this signing is to be a No.8 unless Boyd has another solution up his sleeve. Gibson, Tei and Haskell would be a pretty tidy back row i'd say!

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Stockers (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 11:10

Que sera sera......

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: St.Sinner (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 11:20

I like Haskell until he talks, sometimes he funny but sometimes he needs to think before hand!

He’s a perfect compliment to Gibson in the back row.
Wood will be an expensive water boy next season.

We would of got him at a good price undoubtedly & a pack with him and Barrow Is more fearsome than Wood and Patterson for expample.

It’s either going to be an inspirational signing or a disaster, no middle ground !!

I think he will become a fan favourite even if people won’t admit it 😉

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: St.Sinner (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 11:22

Oh and I don’t think we will see him playing 8 if he wants to be England’s no.7. Kinda defeats the point of taking a pay cut just to stay in contention for England, but then play the whole season out of position anyway.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: DrHankPym(superhero) (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 11:26

Hello Wasps fan here in peace.

I don't get the antipathy towards Haskell, he's still a good player IMO. I might be wrong, but I think the reason Wasps didn't keep him was that he wanted a 3 year deal and we offered less.

As for his 'off field antics' I'm not sure having a fitness business and occasionally DJing is the worst thing a rugby player can do in their spare time.

I think his greatest 'crime' is that he's a bit of chatterbox (judging from RFU podcasts and their YouTube channel) and he likes banter. You've got yourselves a hard working player, who will give 100% for team if and when he's selected.

If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score? - Vince Lombardi

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Connorman (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 11:39

Quote:
DrHankPym(superhero)
Hello Wasps fan here in peace.
I don't get the antipathy towards Haskell

The antipathy is from a few posters on a message board that represents a tiny, tiny minority of people who support Northampton Saints.

Most people will welcome a guy who has played at the very highest level of the game for years and still has a huge amount to offer our club.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 11:43

Quote:
Connorman
Quote:
DrHankPym(superhero)
Hello Wasps fan here in peace.
I don't get the antipathy towards Haskell

The antipathy is from a few posters on a message board that represents a tiny, tiny minority of people who support Northampton Saints.

Most people will welcome a guy who has played at the very highest level of the game for years and still has a huge amount to offer our club.


Hear! Hear!


agree with Dr, he doesn’t have a bad disciplinary record, isn’t out getting drunk having skirmishes.... apart from being entrepreneurial and sometimes making poor jokes I’m not sure what the problem... as per Ted having met him he was a nice chap

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: NottsSaint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 11:47

Love him or loath him for his persona, you can't argue with his work on the field.
If he can fit in and work with the team then I think he will only add to our pack. Ok we aren't going to be building the team of the future around him, but ask yourself, if we were in the premiership final, who would you pick (all being equal) in the pack if Hask was available.... I think he surely would get in our team, right now.

I've been saying for ages, our pack looks rangy, we have neither a fast pack, nor a powerful pack, with the exception of API we seem lost in no mans land, this hasn't escaped the notice of our opponents, who after a couple of phases have just run through the middle of us all season.

So to me, I see the signing as making some sense, and hope it all works out. If it does, he will be away with England, not playing with us, so others will get their chance to step up....

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: andysaint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 11:49

Since Picamoles has now been gone for a whole season, the club has had a whole year to sort out the back row. This is the best solution? We’ve had a year in limbo due to Louis’ late decision and we are now going to have another one. I cannot see how this is balanced for next season. Not blaming Boyd but whoever is sorting out the recruitment at the club at the moment is very short sighted. Haskell can be a good player but wrong time wrong place.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 12:02


Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: DrHankPym(superhero) (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 12:05

Yep from what I've seen of him over the years, Hask is a nice guy.

Enjoy him.

If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score? - Vince Lombardi

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: JimJam350 (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 12:06

Quote:
JRM
Just wait until the 'never in my day' brigade wake up and see this thread. There will be the same outcry as there was when Corne Krige was signed, threats of returning their season tickets and burning their shirts in front of the statue. As others have said, I personally cannot see why, would rather have seen the signing of a 'lump' at 8. However, management ( I hope) know better than me so if true, welcome James.

Silly comment. Why not just state your opinion rather than rubbishing people who might have a different one?

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 12:08

Quote:
andysaint
Since Picamoles has now been gone for a whole season, the club has had a whole year to sort out the back row. This is the best solution? We’ve had a year in limbo due to Louis’ late decision and we are now going to have another one. I cannot see how this is balanced for next season. Not blaming Boyd but whoever is sorting out the recruitment at the club at the moment is very short sighted. Haskell can be a good player but wrong time wrong place.


the best players won’t be available until after the World Cup...

would you take a year of Haskell to get Kieran Reid or a younger all black next year? I would

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: JimJam350 (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 12:09

Quote:
jimmies
This could be awesome or a complete failure

Or most likely something in-between.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Stevie Myler's right boot (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 12:09

Let’s give the guy a chance - he’s gambling everything on GB&G to make the WC squad. I’m sure he could of gone abroad for far more money tha we offered
I think he’s an inspired out of the box signing
Welcome Hask and good luck for rest of the season

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: InbetweenWasp (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 12:13

Disapointed to see him depart us but best of luck to him with you guys! For heavens sake though, don’t play him at 8! As Goodey/Jim might say, he’s got hands like flippers!

He’ll be a good addition, I think. With Dylan, Lawes, Wood and Hask in the pack you’ll have some decent leadership and grunt.

Although he appears to be a loudmouth, most of the stuff he says rings pretty true - he’s just up front and open about things rather than sticking to the media training that a lot of players do. In many ways, I think it’s something to be applauded rather than bemoaned.

As for why him and Cips are off, it doesn’t seem to have been either of their decisions. I think most Wasps fans would have happily kept both where possible!

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Saint Ted (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 12:18

Quote:
JimJam350
Quote:
JRM
Just wait until the 'never in my day' brigade wake up and see this thread. There will be the same outcry as there was when Corne Krige was signed, threats of returning their season tickets and burning their shirts in front of the statue. As others have said, I personally cannot see why, would rather have seen the signing of a 'lump' at 8. However, management ( I hope) know better than me so if true, welcome James.

Silly comment. Why not just state your opinion rather than rubbishing people who might have a different one?

JimJam, do you see the irony in your post? JRM hasn't rubbished anyones opinion, he's made a pretty reasonable assumption based on past marmite signings. you've just said yourself about rubbishing people with a different opinion and at the same time called it a silly comment?

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Wasp1978 (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 13:02

Great signing.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Happywifehappylife (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 13:33

IMO really good astute 1 year signing. Haskell will be busting a gut to show EJ he's the man for the World Cup & that can only be good for Saints

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Ow3n (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 13:48

This seems like a pragmatic signing.

Would I like to spend a long journey in a car with him, probably not. But I’m sure he’d have the same opinion of me.

A proven grafter with not inconsiderable experience and a point to prove.

Welcome.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: St tub (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 14:28

Hask is a top bloke - will give a lot to the fans
He's also a proven leader going into a season where we've just lost 3 guys with over 700 appearances between them
Defensively very aggressive, decent lineout operator and big lump

DoR seems happy enough too - seems to shove Courts back into the 2nd row is the only downside I can see

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: MarchingIn (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 14:45

I'll judge Boyds decisions based on what happens on the pitch in September rather than Twitter now...

Viewed as a straight 1 in / 1 out for Nutley as a utility back row, then it doesn't look like bad business to me.

Welcome to Saints James.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Saint Ted (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 14:53


Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Padmon (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 17:09

He weights 120kg if you believe google and if he’s a few kg shy of that, I doubt it would take him long to get there in preseason. For perspective: T - 106kg, Gibbo - 107kg, Eadie - 105kg, and Brussow - 101kg (all google for consistency). Sure they’re all probably a little above or below but having an absolute specimen like Hask with his additional ballast should go a long way in the scrums and loose. I hope he’s seen as an 8 because as mentioned, Harrison, Gibson and Ludlum are all deserving of a continued run. Welcome to the Saints Hask.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Saint BB (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 17:34

For me, he is literally the last player I would want playing for Saints. We don’t need him in the back row (we need a proper 8) and we don’t need his brand of drama and self promotion. I’m sure he can still have a decent game in him but we need major rebuilding next year, to bring on our talented youngsters and give them game time, and to remember how to be a team again - I cannot see how Haskell is going to do any of that. Really disappointed that this is the direction that Saints have chosen.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 17:41

Quote:
Saint BB
For me, he is literally the last player I would want playing for Saints. We don’t need him in the back row (we need a proper 8) and we don’t need his brand of drama and self promotion. I’m sure he can still have a decent game in him but we need major rebuilding next year, to bring on our talented youngsters and give them game time, and to remember how to be a team again - I cannot see how Haskell is going to do any of that. Really disappointed that this is the direction that Saints have chosen.

There are a lot of assumptions there. As far as I can see there is everything right about his rugby skills and there's nowt wrong with self-confidence or even a bit of self-promotion in a professional sportsman. He wouldn't be the first to have a big ego and these are usually pretty quickly dealt with on the training pitch. Signing him does not automatically mean the younger players won't be brought through but they still have to prove they are more worth selecting than him. I would be interested to know what his fellow Wasps think about him.



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Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Saint Wilf (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 18:05

Dreadful signing - ego on legs who given his bulk gets driven back and turned over far too often - a real @#$%& cat in my humble opinion.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: shendy (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 18:18

So in summary, Boyd is no longer the new messiah?

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Mobbs (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 18:58

Marmite signing.....lets just leave at that and not fall out with each other - one way or another, he will only be here for a year.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 19:25

Some northamptonians just don’t like personality and charisma


Shendy - Boyd is the messiah it’s just modern day celeb culture. Punters are more concerned with personality than output.


Note: all the Wasps fans who have so far posted say its a great signing. But what do they know, they’ve only been watching him play every week for years.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: St Saltaire (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 19:27

I have always preferred to see him on the bench or unfit when we have played Wasps. He is still a very good player and made an immediate impact against us at the Ricoh a few weeks ago when he came on. I think that he will be an asset and our young players can learn from him, particularly how not to address the media*.
Welcome to Saints Mr H.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Angus67 (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 19:38

slightly different perspective....

Saturday 5th May saw a great Saints player leave after years of service, he got a tremendous send off, the vast majority of us were sad to see him go and a good few felt that he still had something to offer so therefore he would be a great signing for another club.

When his new club was announced I went onto their message board to congratulate them on securing his signature and I was a bit disappointed to see a few negative comments, mostly questioning his age, ability and commitment.

Meanwhile a week earlier at Coventry Wasps supporters gave a great send off to one of their greats who has become our new player, later, comments on their forum mirrored the comments we made about departing Saints players.

From that I cant help but see things almost through the eyes of a Wasp supporter, who may be reading the negative comments on here, with the same disappointment I read the comments about SMyler.


Whilst the signing may not suit everybody, (I remember Corné Krige dividing opinion when his signing was announced) so I think we should just see how he performs in our colours. I have a feeling he will come with a big point to prove and I don't feel qualified to criticise Mr Boyd's judgement

So, welcome to the club, and good luck.



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Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Flook (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 19:38

Apparently JH responded to the Saints twitter feed that I posted earlier (see both on the BBC)
Should cause apoplexy in the nay-sayers camp.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Bletchley Saint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 20:39

Agree totally. Jon Sleightholme was another ‘character’ who divided opinion when he joined us in the 90s. I’m sure I’m not the only one here who remembers that the season before while at Bath he had been featured in a TV documentary series and came across as a bit of a poser (always wearing sunglasses off-pitch, style of dress, etc.). It didn’t take long for him to become ‘our character’, a great player and remaining in an active role with Saints after hanging up his boots.

Others have rightly pointed out that we should trust the coaches and management. James Haskell will need to earn his place in the team like the rest of the back row candidates, and if he’s the best player available for the number on his back then that surely is good enough.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: St Saltaire (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 20:42

Flook - I hope he doesn’t really think that we want a JCB driving DJ?
Well done on the BBC retweet!

Re: Chris Foy from Mail - Saints sign Haskell
Posted by: Which Tyler (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 20:45

Quote:
Wilson Pickett
Rugby journo just announced on twitter that we will unveil him tomorrow
I’m happy when international talent and proven hard working winners are signed.


Others will combust on here, I’ve got my popcorn ready....
http://www.rugbyrebels.co/board/download/file.php?id=267


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Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: TringSaint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 21:52

Talk about being divisive!!

Hows this for an alternative view:

When we signed a young welshman we were all in raptures about his skills, attitude and ability to score tries for fun. We were all excited to see what he could do and that brought a real buzz to the club. 5 years later he leaves the same club and his departure is met with barely a murmur and only a handful of posts about what he thinks about the fans.
None of the adulation that was showered on myler, foden, day or even horne was showered on north and the reason form that, imho, is because he failed to deliver time and again and left us all frustrated whilst we watched a highly paid sports star inspecting the touchline for 80 mins a game.

Haskell, on the other hand, has not even taken the field yet and still people are writing him off as an expensive white elephant, yet he has performed well for wasps and england (albeit with the odd brainless event) for years and has a lot to offer and certainly wont be inspecting the touchlines for 80 mins a game.

love him or loathe him, he will get stuck in, he will tackle, he will truck the ball up the field and he will teach some of the younger lads a thing or two, and that is exactly what we need in a pack that has had a soft underbelly and been exposed as being naive for too long.

I have to admit i am not haskell's no.1 fan (i normally refer to him by his other name of haskwit) but if he brings a level of doggedness and determination that we have been lacking of late then i welcome him with open arms and he can go an advertise as many pin-up calendars, male grooming and fitness products as he likes.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: acl saint (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 22:00

100

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: smitferbrainz (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 22:43

What concerns me is the apparent lack of confidence in Chris Boyd. He's obviously sanctioned/ suggested/ demanded it. He's done fairly well with the Hurricanes *, so why are certain people on this board in such apoplexy about Haskell being signed. He's got plenty of attributes, its short term, he'll be quite cheap, he'll be desperate to do well, he'll be available and despite what a lot of people on here think he's a tidy player. I bet almost no-one in here even knows him yet they're ready to condemn a bloke who's signed for our club despite knowing virtually nothing about him. Even if you don't like him at least give him the benefit of a clean slate. He's a Saint and that's it.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 22:52

[quote smitferbrainz]What concerns me is the apparent lack of confidence in Chris Boyd. He's obviously sanctioned/ suggested/ demanded it. He's done fairly well with the Hurricanes *, so why are certain people on this board in such apoplexy about Haskell being signed. He's got plenty of attributes, its short term, he'll be quite cheap, he'll be desperate to do well, he'll be available and despite what a lot of people on here think he's a tidy player. I bet almost no-one in here even knows him yet they're ready to condemn a bloke who's signed for our club despite knowing virtually nothing about him. Even

But you're asking people on here to react logically.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: smitferbrainz (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 22:54

[quote tedge][quote smitferbrainz]What concerns me is the apparent lack of confidence in Chris Boyd. He's obviously sanctioned/ suggested/ demanded it. He's done fairly well with the Hurricanes *, so why are certain people on this board in such apoplexy about Haskell being signed. He's got plenty of attributes, its short term, he'll be quite cheap, he'll be desperate to do well, he'll be available and despite what a lot of people on here think he's a tidy player. I bet almost no-one in here even knows him yet they're ready to condemn a bloke who's signed for our club despite knowing virtually nothing about him. Even

But you're asking people on here to react logically.[/quote]

True. I guess we can but hope!

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: protestbeat (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 23:26

Quote:
TringSaint
love him or loathe him, he will get stuck in, he will tackle, he will truck the ball up the field and he will teach some of the younger lads a thing or two, and that is exactly what we need in a pack that has had a soft underbelly and been exposed as being naive for too long.

I have to admit i am not haskell's no.1 fan (i normally refer to him by his other name of haskwit) but if he brings a level of doggedness and determination that we have been lacking of late then i welcome him with open arms and he can go an advertise as many pin-up calendars, male grooming and fitness products as he likes.

A good summary of my thoughts on this, I must admit to hoping this rumour wasnt true last night but the more I’ve read and considered it today it actually seems like a very astute signing by Boyd/ Saints.

You just can’t argue with the stat of him being 10-15kg heavier than any of our other back row options.

The comparison to North is also very interesting as Haskell for one year seems exponentially better value and risk/ reward than any contract we could’ve negotiated with George. So to some of these posters with such extreme negative opinions I ask; What is honestly the worst that could happen in 1 year!?



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Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Saint.Kenneth (IP Logged)
Date: 14/05/2018 23:28

I like the fact that Haskell is open and honest about wanting to play for England and be involved in the next World Cup. There's no disguise on what his motivations are; he knows he has to play in England to get picked and he knows he has to play really well, week in - week out, to get welcomed back into the England squad.

A highly motivated James Haskell isn't the worse thing in the world to have in your squad.


For me, the signing of Corne Krige isn't similar at all. Corne was the captain of a South African side who went out onto the pitch with the intent of injuring the opposition. His actions on the pitch, nearly led to the end of Matt Dawson's career, when Matt suffered a neck injury because of a flying head butt that Corne aimed at Matt. Dawson was one of the world's greatest No.9's, someone who lived and breathed being a Saint and then the club went and signed the one professional rugby player in the world, that Dawson couldn't bring himself to play with, subsequently ousting Matt from our club.

What's Haskell's crime? Being loyal to a club where he has played his heart out, whilst acting a bit of a buffoon and pillock off the field? I'll let the rest of the squad decide how much of a buffoon they are willing to put up with.

As for keeping young players out of the side, well if said young player can't train harder, play better than an ageing International player and earn a start in the side, then perhaps that young player isn't good enough to be at a club where we are trying to rebuild ourselves back into one of Europe's top teams?

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: shiversaint (IP Logged)
Date: 15/05/2018 00:09

Versus some of the other off-field antics that some players get up to, Haskell is merely just a bit of a lad rather than anything remotely malicious. Should be good fun to watch him.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Eif Jones (IP Logged)
Date: 15/05/2018 01:08

The issue is not his ability, its the fact that he's 33 on a 1 year contract. On this season's form it is pretty unlikely that Boyd can improve things such that the Saints can challenge at the top in that one season. For me, it would make sense to invest in somebody who can be here for the longer term.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Saint.Kenneth (IP Logged)
Date: 15/05/2018 01:16

Perhaps Boyd has someone in mind from NZ, but their contract has a year to run on it? Perhaps after the World Cup, someone becomes available after retiring from international rugby and wishes to travel overseas to England to play?

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Hollywood JK (IP Logged)
Date: 15/05/2018 07:21

Finally, a forwards LEADER, and WINNER!!!

Fantastic signing, a real coup, as he could have signed for numerous clubs....

Add to a leader in Dan Biggar in the backs, I’m feeling a lot more optimistic about next season...

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: smitferbrainz (IP Logged)
Date: 15/05/2018 08:02

Quote:
Saint.Kenneth
Perhaps Boyd has someone in mind from NZ, but their contract has a year to run on it? Perhaps after the World Cup, someone becomes available after retiring from international rugby and wishes to travel overseas to England to play?

My thoughts exactly, hence a one year only deal. He has to be a stop gap. He's a good quality stop gap at that.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Mobbs (IP Logged)
Date: 15/05/2018 09:19

I don't think anyone is denying the bulk, strength or experience of Haskell for one moment. Does he have a big ego, certainly, will he have a lot to say, definitely, will be have 110% commitment to the Saints, hopefully. If I were Chris Boyd, I would tell him to concentrate completely on his rugby and not get involved in social media or other extra-curricular self promotion and that approach will give what he craves, namely an outside chance of a trip to Japan next year with the riches he quite openly seeks.

Does he get a nailed on starting place for the first game, maybe, maybe not. Wasps fans seem to think he is a bit of a penalty machine...that is a concern as we gave away enough last campiagn.

Blank sheet of paper when he arrives methinks..........

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Hantsaintsrus4 (IP Logged)
Date: 15/05/2018 11:58

After a dreadful performance last season, and an even worse one just finishing, we managed to beat Tigers and make some difficult decisions in letting long serving players go. For just one moment I thought I could see a tunnel, no light, just a tunnel in the far distance. And now this. Trust the coaches and management? Are you mad?
Boyd has shown his hand and played it. Very depressing.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 15/05/2018 14:14

Quote:
Hantsaintsrus4
After a dreadful performance last season, and an even worse one just finishing, we managed to beat Tigers and make some difficult decisions in letting long serving players go. For just one moment I thought I could see a tunnel, no light, just a tunnel in the far distance. And now this. Trust the coaches and management? Are you mad?
Boyd has shown his hand and played it. Very depressing.

So what is this Boyd hand you've seen him play ?

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Wilson Pickett (IP Logged)
Date: 15/05/2018 18:00

Quote:
Eif Jones
The issue is not his ability, its the fact that he's 33 on a 1 year contract. On this season's form it is pretty unlikely that Boyd can improve things such that the Saints can challenge at the top in that one season. For me, it would make sense to invest in somebody who can be here for the longer term.


Repeat


WORLD CUP YEAR

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: smitferbrainz (IP Logged)
Date: 15/05/2018 18:38

Quote:
Hantsaintsrus4
After a dreadful performance last season, and an even worse one just finishing, we managed to beat Tigers and make some difficult decisions in letting long serving players go. For just one moment I thought I could see a tunnel, no light, just a tunnel in the far distance. And now this. Trust the coaches and management? Are you mad?
Boyd has shown his hand and played it. Very depressing.

Sorry, not meant personally, but in my opinion this is ridiculous. How can the recruiting of a very recent England international and British Lion who, probably none of us know personally, for one season, possibly warrant this type of reaction? How any player would want to sign for Saints beats me and I'd suggest to him he doesn't read this forum.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 15/05/2018 18:42

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smitferbrainz
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Hantsaintsrus4
After a dreadful performance last season, and an even worse one just finishing, we managed to beat Tigers and make some difficult decisions in letting long serving players go. For just one moment I thought I could see a tunnel, no light, just a tunnel in the far distance. And now this. Trust the coaches and management? Are you mad?
Boyd has shown his hand and played it. Very depressing.

Sorry, not meant personally, but in my opinion this is ridiculous. How can the recruiting of a very recent England international and British Lion who, probably none of us know personally, for one season, possibly warrant this type of reaction? How any player would want to sign for Saints beats me and I'd suggest to him he doesn't read this forum.

+1000%

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Happywifehappylife (IP Logged)
Date: 15/05/2018 20:29

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Eif Jones
The issue is not his ability, its the fact that he's 33 on a 1 year contract. On this season's form it is pretty unlikely that Boyd can improve things such that the Saints can challenge at the top in that one season. For me, it would make sense to invest in somebody who can be here for the longer term.
I have a feeling, as do others that he will be stop gap until after the World Cup when we'll see Boyd bring in a NZ 8

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Eif Jones (IP Logged)
Date: 17/05/2018 02:16

Meanwhile the Ospreys have signed an Argentinian no 8 or 6 at 22 years old, makes much more sense if he makes the grade.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: rugbymel (IP Logged)
Date: 17/05/2018 07:51

How long have the Ospreys coaching team been looking at him? Chris Boyd, not even in post yet, has given himself a year to source the player he wants, after RWC19.

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: oldtoastersaint (IP Logged)
Date: 17/05/2018 09:44

You mean there are no 22 years old Welshmen that might make the grade in the part-timers pro 14 Eif? I can hardly believe you said that bach! Of course Ospreys could always have converted that surplus Welsh winger they acquired by default and don't really need ...


If they wanted to add more weight to his already considerable 109kgs they could do worse than drive the few miles North to Llandovery. The home-made fish fingers at the West End Cafe are far superior to the Patagonian version and you get plenty of change from a fiver look you!

Mwynhewch eich bwyd George!

Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: Saint Stokey (IP Logged)
Date: 17/05/2018 14:26

Volpi

Age 22
Top flight games: 0
international caps: 0


Haskell

Age: 33
Top flight games: 275 and counting (not including 14 for Ricoh Black Rams)
International Caps: 77 (not including 22 Saxons games)
Lions Caps: 2

(according to Wiki)

Totally agree Eif, Haskell and Volpi are essentially the same quality.*

And lets face it, if Volpi does turn out to be a superstar, how long is he going to remain in Wales?



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Re: NEWS: Saints Sign James Haskell
Posted by: tedge (IP Logged)
Date: 18/05/2018 10:08


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