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James Haskell looks England material as Wasps turn tables on Harlequins

• Harlequins 3-23 Wasps
• “I don’t think about England’ says Wasps back-row
• Quins suffer from search for tries rather than points


Just as it has with full-backs lately, England’s competition is becoming suffocatingly intense in the back row. James Haskell ratcheted up the pressure still higher with a relentless defensive performance against two rivals for the national shirt – Chris Robshaw, the national captain, and Nick Easter, widely touted for a return, both of whom were superb, albeit in attack.

Those three alone would make for a mightily effective England back row. If Wasps’ Haskell is to force his way into the starting line-up, it may be because he has stopped worrying about his form. “I promise you I don’t think about England,” he said. “Look what happened to Ben Morgan. You never know what is going to happen and so I really don’t worry about it because you can spend your whole career trying to play to what coaches want and come unstuck. All you can do is play well for your club and England will come and look for you. You don’t look for England.”

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