Haskell back in England frame

Ross McLean
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ENGLAND back-row James Haskell is ready to be unleashed against world champions New Zealand in their opening clash of the autumn programme after recovering from a mystery illness which left him hospitalised.

The 29-year-old Wasps skipper was admitted to Charing Cross Hospital with suspected meningitis and lost 5kg in a week.

Haskell has missed the Coventry-bound outfit’s last two European showdowns with Leinster and Harlequins but expects to resume full training with Stuart Lancaster’s side tomorrow. He said: “I would be extremely disappointed if my illness was a factor in whether I am involved or not. As of tomorrow, I will be back in the full mix.”