England forward James Haskell’s comeback hanging by a thread after he saw red for late Jamie Roberts smash

JAMES HASKELL'S England comeback is hanging by a thread after he was sent off for smashing Jamie Roberts in the head.

He now faces a SIX-WEEK ban for flooring the Lions and Wales ace with a horror tackle at the Stoop in the craziest of games seen this season.

Haskell immediately knew he had hurt his rival and tried to help the centre up from the deck before he was sent off by French ref Romain Poite.

The six-week entry point would see him miss the games against Italy, Wales and Scotland.

England boss Eddie Jones names his Six Nations squad on Thursday and could have Haskell available to face the Scots if he pleads guilty and gets a reduced rap.

After his challenge, he tweeted: "Whats done is done, but just want to publicly apologise to @Jamiehuwroberts.

"Never my intention to hurt another player. Got my height wrong, paid the price, which happens. You know me, never one to do anything subtly. Credit to @Harlequins and apologies to @WaspsRugby fans"

Fuming boss Dai Young said: "I'm not giving you an Arsene Wenger on this – I haven't had time to really look at it.

"If it is a shoulder to the face or head he is going to get banned, it's as simple as that.

"There was certainly no intent – he was just trying to get off the line to shut that pass down. He may get a couple of weeks, but hopefully not too long."


Crocked  team-mate Elliot Daly – working as a pundit – echoed his boss' comments, adding: "In the Haskell incident he just wanted to get the line speed.

"He is one of the most experienced players in the changing room and there was no malice in it and he's not that kind of character."

Haskell, 32, missed the whole of the autumn after he was dropped for going off the boil after the Lions tour.


And now he has risked completing a sensational comeback after being picked for a training squad earlier this month and proving himself again.

As Haskell lost his head, Quins won it at the death after Wasps looked to have racked-up the bonus-point win to keep their European chances alive at 28-12 ahead.

You would have thought with it all on the line and against a second-string side that Wasps would have come flying out of the blocks.

But John Kingston's boys kept fighting despite being embarrassed and out of the competition already.

Willie Le Roux unlocked Quins with silky hands to release Danny Cipriani's pass to the bosses son, Thomas, before Kyle Eastmond was there to finish and start the hunt for the bonus point.

Nizaam Carr, the No8 off back to South Africa at the end of the month, then completed a brilliant 60m runaway score before Ashley Johnson's route 1 catch and drive effort.

Ross Chislom and James Lang started the fightback before the break – but Brendan Macken grabbed the Wasps bonus-point.

It should have been plane sailing from there after Cipraini kicked all the extras.

But back came Quins at the death – inspired by 18-year-old Marcus Smith who stepped off the bench to help them win it just days after signing a mega £230,000-a-year deal.

Danny Care, Elia Elia and James Chisholm then went on to win it with the last play of the game and secure own bonus-point score to ruin things for Wasps.

Young's side will hope that things go their way next week – but it looks to be more heartbreak for them in the big games.

The gutted coach added: "We got what we deserved.

"We won that game three times and let them back in there. We showed some quality, but not enough fight. Quins wanted it more and it hurts me to say that.

"I think Joe Launchbury is right and it's over. We want to win and finish strongly. We only have ourselves to play."









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