Former England flanker James Haskell included on list of the 'biggest transfer flops'

Rugby transfer expert Neil Fissler has compiled another list of the biggest transfer flops in rugby history, featuring several prominent names.

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Here, we examine four of the most notable transfer flops from the list and provide RUCK’s verdict.

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James Haskell, Wasps – Northampton Saints 2018

Fissler wrote: “Marmite back row Haskell signed for Saints because he wanted to extend his international career, but it was a case of the spirit being willing but the flesh being weak. Recurring ankle and toe problems restricted him to just five appearances, and he announced that he was retiring when his contract ended.”

RUCK verdict: This signing initially appeared odd and ultimately proved to be a failure. Although he was an incredible player at his peak, a combination of wear and tear along with injuries prevented him from reaching his best during his tenure at Franklin’s Gardens.

Zinzan Brooke, Auckland – Harlequins 2000

Fissler wrote: “Brooke is one of the best No.8s to ever play the game and was signed by cash-strapped Premiership strugglers on a £200,000 as a player-coach, but his best days were clearly behind him when he arrived in South London and out of his depth. He quit the club in January 2001.”

RUCK verdict: Too young to remember


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