#sports EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: James Haskell backs England for World Cup glory and hits out at Jones haters

#sports EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: James Haskell backs England for World Cup glory and hits out at Jones haters

#sports activities EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: James Haskell backs England for World Cup glory and hits out at Jones haters

James Haskell has insisted he’s ‘assured’ about England’s possibilities at the 2023 World Cup and backed boss Eddie Jones to ship.

Head coach Jones had been closely criticised after ending a distant third on this yr’s Six Nations, earlier than an experimental facet was closely overwhelmed, 52-21, by the touring Barbarians. 

But Haskell, talking solely to Sportsmail as a part of the Under the Surface podcast on psychological well being, insisted the Australian is the best man for the job – earlier than revealing his ideas on how the game can battle psychological well being points higher.

James Haskell (L) has admitted he's confident about England's chances at the 2023 World Cup

James Haskell (L) has admitted he is assured about England’s possibilities at the 2023 World Cup

The ex-England forward insisted under-fire head coach Eddie Jones is the right man for the job

The ex-England ahead insisted under-fire head coach Eddie Jones is the best man for the job

Haskell spoke exclusively to Sportsmail as part of the Under the Surface podcast on mental health, with menswear brand Original Penguin and CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Haskell spoke solely to Sportsmail as a part of the Under the Surface podcast on psychological well being, with menswear model Original Penguin and CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably)

Speaking after England’s 2-1 collection win in opposition to the Wallabies in July, he mentioned: ‘It was sensible. I all the time had full religion in Eddie Jones. So did the gamers. This for me is hopefully a line within the sand now the place among the crazier members of the rugby fan fraternity give him a break. He’s the perfect man for the job.

‘Are we the completed article? No. Is it nonetheless a journey of how the workforce is progressing with the brand new gamers? Yes. Is it the identical as occurred in 2018 (an enchancment earlier than 2019 World Cup)? Of course. Because Eddie would not play the media recreation or the fan recreation, when issues do not go nicely, everybody’s able to knife him.

‘I’m all the time assured about what England does at a World Cup, particularly once you’ve bought Eddie in cost. Going into the 2019 World Cup, would you have got mentioned we might have performed the way in which we did, nearly beat Australia, New Zealand, and then South Africa within the ultimate? 

‘There was a number of criticism saying 2018 was fairly poor, did not do very nicely within the Six Nations, everybody was saying “is he the right man for the job?” and he turned it spherical. So you have all the time bought to again a person who specialises in taking a workforce to a World Cup.’

Former Wasps back-row ahead Haskell, who retired in 2019 with 77 caps, nonetheless admitted Ireland and ‘totally unbelievable’ France are the 2 favourites for the event, earlier than revealing his choose for the breakthrough teen in July.

The 37-year-old hailed England's comeback 2-1 series win against the Wallabies in July as evidence the side are progressing under Australian Jones ahead of next year's tournament

The 37-year-old hailed England’s comeback 2-1 collection win in opposition to the Wallabies in July as proof the facet are progressing beneath Australian Jones forward of subsequent yr’s event 

Haskell also labelled Leicester scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet as a breakout star from the tour

Haskell additionally labelled Leicester scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet as a breakout star from the tour

He added: ‘(Leicester scrum-half) Jack van Poortvliet undoubtedly performed actually, rather well, he undoubtedly made a large stride into the combo. Henry Arundell, that cameo was sensible, clearly he will want some extra blooding and expertise however he seems like an unbelievable participant. 

‘Marcus Smith, examined in a special location, confirmed how good he will be so I feel we’re in a very good place. Van Poortvliet was in all probability the standout of these younger guys and he’ll hopefully be a everlasting fixture transferring ahead.’

And the 37-year-old, who welcomed daughter Bodhi into the world with spouse Chloe Madeley in August, went on to debate his private struggles with psychological well being within the latter components of his profession and quickly after retiring, earlier than outlining a blueprint for how the game can enhance coping with such points.

He continued: ‘I’ve all the time talked about psychological well being. With my manner, you may not assume I’d be vocal about it, however I all the time have been. I’ve seen a psychologist since I used to be 17. I understand how necessary it’s, I see taking care of your thoughts being simply as necessary as taking care of your physique. 

‘Numerous males out there are struggling and they assume it is harder to not converse up – but it surely’s a lot harder to open up, to go and see individuals who may help you and get the instruments to navigate life, as a result of life is difficult sufficient as it’s with out making an attempt to bury and handle your personal issues.

The former Wasps star, who has been frank about his own mental health struggles during and after his career, outlined his blueprint for how the sport can improve dealing with such issues

The former Wasps star, who has been frank about his personal psychological well being struggles throughout and after his profession, outlined his blueprint for how the game can enhance coping with such points

(How can the game enhance?) ‘It simply needs to be the cultural duty. When psychological well being is seen as regular as shopping for a brand new pair of footwear to assist with efficiency or taking a complement to make you higher, then we’re in an excellent place. At the second it isn’t. 

‘You’ve bought coaches who’ve by no means completed it and by no means talked about it, they get psychologists into the group however as a result of they do not consider in it themselves, there’s all the time a peripheral aspect (to their position). You can have rather more success if you happen to tackle the psychological well being of the workforce by actually delving into that.

‘And then it is right down to the lads. Once it turns into regular to speak about, that is the way it will transfer on. That for me as nicely is about addressing younger gamers and making them perceive.’

Haskell, who admitted Jones will probably go away his position after subsequent yr’s competitors, backed Crusaders coach Scott Robertson or Leicester boss Steve Borthwick to exchange him – and claimed the pair working collectively can be a ‘hell of a combo’.

He concluded: ‘The Under the Surface podcast with Penguin and CALM was depraved as a result of it is a possibility to inform tales and bond with good folks and share like-minded stuff.’

James Haskell was talking to Sportsmail in partnership with the Under the Surface podcast, with menswear model Original Penguin x CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably). 

To watch the second episode of series two, head to www.originalpenguin.co.uk/pages/calm-underthesurface.

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