With a more than 16-year playing career James Haskell represented England, Wasps and Northampton Saints, two of the most successful teams in club rugby and is no stranger to performing under pressure. As well as a career on the pitch in which he was a key part of Six Nations and Premiership winning teams, he’s also developed a profile off the pitch, in the media, and also as a health and fitness expert.
As a player James rose through the England ranks amassing 75+ international caps as well as playing for the Sevens team. At club level he made his Premiership debut aged just 17 for Wasps, and in doing so became the youngest player ever at the top level of club rugby.
After 73 caps, four championship titles and two Heineken Cups, James moved to France and Stade Francais. He spent two seasons in Paris before returning to Wasps. He also played for clubs in Japan and New Zealand along the way before spending his final seasons before retirement back at Wasps and then Saints.
James will be talking about his journey in Rugby whilst reflecting on the lessons he’s learnt on dealing with the pressure to perform, the various types of pressure, from the expectation of peers to social media. From the experience he’s had he’ll also explore how to overcome challenges both personal and professional, and how to achieve the goals you set for yourself.