James Haskell has been involved in a Twitter row with World Cup-winner Neil Back.

The England flanker, who will make his first start for England in the Rugby World Cup against Uruguay on Saturday, retweeted a post from the England Rugby account. It called on the crowd for the match to get behind the team.

Back, who was a flanker during the 2003 World Cup when England swept to glory, replied to the tweet, saying: “And don’t take your selfie stick onto the pitch like you did against Fiji.”

Haskell shot back: “I wasn’t even playing! You’re so old and out of touch your eyes don’t work. I hope your book sales go better than your coaching”


Haskell then carried on with his response and posted: “you were one of my childhood heroes, yet the general negativity towards myself and the team is appalling.”

The 30-year-old then criticised Back for releasing a “sensationalist book just to make cash”.

Haskell later deleted the posts while Back then said he would message Haskell and then said the pair were fine.