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James Haskell on prostitute claims during Australia tour of England

James Haskell reveals that England head coach Martin Johnson confronted him over claims that he had “ filled a boat with prostitutes and had sex with them ” in Sydney before facing Australia in 2010, and he refused! to believe in your denial!

  • James Haskell was confronted by claims that he had sex with prostitutes in Sydney
  • The England star was taken on a boat trip around Sydney Harbor during the 2010 tour
  • But the ship was full of women serving the players their drinks in lingerie.
  • A photographer tried to photograph the players with the women on board
  • It was later claimed that they ‘filled a boat with prostitutes and had sex with them’
  • But when Haskell and his teammates denied it, Martin Johnson didn’t believe them.

Former England rugby player James Haskell has recalled the terrifying moment Martin Johnson faced him over claims that he had “ filled a boat with prostitutes and had sex with them ” in Sydney before facing Australia in 2010.

Haskell was part of the England team for a summer tour of Down Under more than a decade ago, a series that ended 1-1 after tourists secured their first win in Australia since the 2003 World Cup final. .

But it was some pre-match shenanigans that left Haskell red-faced at the end of the tour after he couldn’t get off the bench in the second test match in Sydney.

James Haskell photographed in front of Sydney Harbor during the 2010 Australian tour of England

James Haskell photographed in front of Sydney Harbor during the 2010 Australian tour of England

Haskell recalls how Martin Johnson confronted him over claims that he had `` filled a boat with prostitutes and had sex with them ''

Haskell recalls how Martin Johnson confronted him over claims that he had `` filled a boat with prostitutes and had sex with them ''

Haskell recalls how Martin Johnson confronted him over claims that he had “ filled a boat with prostitutes and had sex with them ”

Excerpts from Haskell's new book have been published exclusively on The Telegraph ahead of its November 11 release.

Excerpts from Haskell's new book have been published exclusively on The Telegraph ahead of its November 11 release.

Excerpts from Haskell’s new book have been published exclusively on The Telegraph ahead of its November 11 release.

In an excerpt from his new book, which has been published exclusively in The Telegraph, Haskell reveals how an innocent boat trip in Sydney Harbor sparked serious accusations from the former England head coach.

Before the second test, Haskell recalls meeting an old man from Wellington, someone who attended Wellington College in Berkshire, for lunch in Sydney with some teammates.

After drinking ‘ridiculously expensive white wine’ and having a photo taken by a professional photographer with a woman whose ‘breasts were desperately trying to escape from a bright red military jacket’, the group were invited on a boat trip.

But when Haskell and the other England stars got on the boat, he noticed that the women serving his drinks were dressed in lingerie, something that worried former forward Wasps and Northampton.

They were told they were ‘PR girls’ and not prostitutes, Haskell writes in his book: which will be released on November 11 and can be purchased here: ‘Just as the ship was embarking, I looked over my right shoulder and saw the photographer from earlier spinning in his chair with the most professional looking telephoto lens I had ever seen.

‘It looked like I was wielding a telescope, so I yelled at the guys upstairs, “Get the shit down!” It was as if we were about to be torpedoed, and it is quite possible that our careers would have been, had I not seen the photographer first, hitting the deck and squeezing under the gunwale.

Haskell did not play in the second Test match against Australia, which England narrowly won

Haskell did not play in the second Test match against Australia, which England narrowly won

Haskell did not play in the second Test match against Australia, which England narrowly won

“ The ship left the port with me lying on the side and my feet were the only things that were shown. Fortunately, that’s as dramatic as the trip got. ‘

But after the shocking victory over Australia in the second round, Haskell and his teammate Paul Doran-Jones were confronted by Johnson about their behavior on that boat trip.

He adds: ‘Johnno took Dozzer (Doran-Jones) and me into a room and said,’ Well, have they slept with hookers? ‘

When we denied that we had slept with prostitutes, Johnno replied, “Are you sure? We have been told that you filled a boat with prostitutes and had sex with them all over Sydney Harbor.”

Johnson did not believe Haskell and Paul Doran-Jones (left) when they denied the allegations.

Johnson did not believe Haskell and Paul Doran-Jones (left) when they denied the allegations.

Johnson did not believe Haskell and Paul Doran-Jones (left) when they denied the allegations.

We denied it over and over again, but John didn’t just refuse to believe us (I should have told him I found his lack of faith unsettling, but it probably would have killed me). And then he hit us with, “Well, The News of the World has taken over the story and they’re following it.”

England’s impressive victory over Australia, which was Johnson’s first major scalp as coach of the national team, managed to cushion the impact of history, much to Haskell’s relief.

Haskell won 77 games for England after making his international debut in 2010. He won the Six Nations three times and also toured with the British and Irish Lions.

The forward spent most of his club career with Wasps. In two periods he won three Premiership titles and a European Champions Cup.

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