Haskell reveals wild party ended with two All Blacks knocked out

Former England flank James Haskell has revealed details of the madness that took place when he hosted a party in a rented house which ended with two All Blacks players knocked out.

The controversial former England player, who spent a season with the Highlanders in 2012, made the revelation in his book ‘What A Flanker’.

The incident took place at the house Haskell rented from former Highlanders and Samoa player Seilala Mapusua during his brief stint in Super Rugby.

“On hearing a commotion coming from the garden, I wandered outside to discover they’d stacked some of Mapusua’s garden furniture under the eaves of the house and set it on fire, along with some of my clothes,” Haskell wrote.

“I obviously lost the plot, and as I was in mid-flow, Lima Sopoaga jumped me and smashed an egg on my head.

“The yolk hadn’t even had time to start dripping down my face when I charged through what was now a raging fire, like some deranged stuntman, and knocked Lima cold with an overhand right.

“I thought I’d killed him.”

Haskell had his nose split by a friend of Sopoaga’s, but another fight took place between All Black Jimmy Cowan and Highlanders teammate Elliot Dixon, leaving the former unconscious.

“Now we had two blokes out cold in the garden and it was like a scene from that New Zealand film Once Were Warriors, except instead of someone shouting ‘Cook the man some f…ing eggs’ someone was smashing raw eggs on my forehead.”

When the guests refused to leave, Haskell called the police, who arrived and moved the guests on.

“Now it was just me and Jimmy Cowan in the house, me with my busted nose and him with a big cut above his eye,” Haskell wrote.

“It looked like we’d just gone 12 rounds. Having put the flames out – which wasn’t easy – and finally persuading Cowan to get lost, I got a taxi to A&E. Luckily the doctor was an English rugby fan and did a beautiful stitching job.”

When he returned to the house, Haskell found vomit in the kitchen and another attempted fire in the garden, but was most taken aback by a teammate’s reaction.

“It was as if nothing had happened. ‘What the hell were you guys thinking?’ … ‘Oh, it was only a bit of fun’.”

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