Top 14 Orange
Haskell to leave Stade Francais
June 7, 2011
James Haskell is to leave Stade Francais © Getty Images
England international James Haskell is on the lookout for a new club after it was confirmed that he is to leave Stade Francais.
The flanker, capped 34 times and an ever-present during the Six Nations, moved to Stade two seasons ago, but has recently seen his international spot threatened by the Rugby Football Union's (RFU) decision not to select overseas-based players for duty following September's Rugby World Cup.
Stade chief Bernard Laporte announced a number of departures from the Top 14 club at a press conference on Tuesday, also confirming that former England Sevens international Ollie Phillips and Scotland fullback Hugo Southwell are on their way out.
They will be joined on the outer by Arnaud Marchois, Noel Oelschig, Juan Leguizamon and Mauro Bergamasco.
Laporte, the former French coach, also announced the arrival of some new faces in the Stade side. Former Leinster and Toulon fly-half Felipe Contepomi and England wing Paul Sackey will arrive ahead of the 2011-12 season. They will be joined by former France prop Olivier Milloud.
Meanwhile, despite rumours linking Mathieu Bastareaud with Top 14 Orange rivals Toulon, Laporte maintains the bulldozing centre will remain at the Parisian club.
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