Since making his debut for England a decade ago, James Haskell has played on nearly every stage that world rugby has to offer.
That journey culminated with selection for his first British & Irish Lions Tour in 2017 as he returned to New Zealand where he played club rugby for the Highlanders in 2012.
And the English flanker was outstanding throughout the Tour, both on and off the pitch – with several squad members crediting him as a real driving force behind the scenes.
Haskell started four games on Tour, with his debut against the Blues followed by appearances against the Highlanders, Chiefs and Hurricanes, but failed to crack the Test 23 under Warren Gatland.
A late call up as an injury replacement for England teammate Billy Vunipola, the Tour to New Zealand has added to a star-studded CV for the Wasps flanker who has won Premiership and Heineken Cup titles at home, while he has also spent time in the Top 14 with Stade Français and with the Ricoh Black Rams in Japan.
In total Haskell made four appearances for the midweek side on Tour, playing 284 minutes, making 50 tackles and 33 carries including an impressive win over the Chiefs in Hamilton and a dramatic draw with the reigning Super Rugby champions the Hurricanes in Wellington.