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England rugby: James Haskell speaks out on the perils of fellow players using social media | Rugby | Sport

England rugby: James Haskell speaks out on the perils of fellow players using social media | Rugby | Sport 1007072 1

Haskell has 169,000 followers on Twitter and nearly a quarter of a million on Instagram but admits he is wary of pictures being used out of context and avoids being snapped in social situations.

And the flanker claims his former Wasps team-mate Danny Cipriani was subjected to a trial by internet following a highly publicised incident in Jersey last week.

Haskell says the furore on social media led to the Cipriani case dragging on until last night’s RFU hearing when it should have been done and dusted immediately after he was fined by magistrates.

The 33-year-old said: “We go mad at people chasing and hitting balls and get fired up about it and people put so much into it. Ben Stokes was a great example – people were ready to throw him under the bus, and it was the same with Danny.

“If we’re out, on a time out, and people are asking for photographs and you’re having a beer or you’re on a team social, I wouldn’t be photographed with a beer in my hand. I try not to.

“Just because I think everyone’s out to say anything. You can frame anything.

“The rugby world is fantastic for so many reasons, for supporting players, but also you’ve got a lot of die-hard fans who live and breathe what’s going on, and who drag it out. It’s just time to move on.

“Danny was very good about the apology, he said it very well and I don’t judge him, I don’t think anyone should.

“I’m a nobody, so God knows what actual famous people have to think about.

“But I still have that concern, where you’re looking and thinking to yourself, ‘Do I want to be in this situation? Is this the right time to be out?’”

Haskell is set for another run-out for new club Northampton tomorrow night when they take on Glasgow in a pre-season friendly ahead of next week’s Premiership kick-off.

And he claims the league is on different scale to where it was when he was a rookie at Wasps.

He added: “I remember when I first started playing, there were a couple of games you’d go and put 40 points on, you could send the second team and it was the dream. Sadly, there’s nothing like that at all anymore.”

Source : EXPRESS

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