Former England rugby international James Haskell to make MMA debut

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Former England international James Haskell has announced that he will be embarking on a new career venture in mixed martial arts. 

Haskell, 34, is expected to make his professional MMA debut in 2020, competing in the Bellator heavyweight division, an American mixed martial arts and kickboxing organisation.

Haskell announced the end of his stellar 17-year professional rugby career in May this year, after one season with Northampton Saints. 

The former British & Irish Lions flanker joined Wasps in 2002 and played a huge role in their Premiership and Heineken Cup winning seasons in 2007 and 2008. His club career also saw him represent Stade Francais, Ricoh Black Rams, and Highlanders.

Haskell made his England debut in 2007 and went on to win 77 caps, earning inclusion in England’s 2011 and 2015 Rugby World Cup squads.



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