Commentator explains ‘drunk’ TV mess

ENGLAND rugby star James Haskell has spoken out - about struggling to get his words out while covering England's match against South Africa on the weekend.

The Northampton Saints flanker, who still hopes to play in next year's World Cup for the Red Rose, was at Twickenham on Saturday to offer his insight and analysis on his country's clash with South Africa, The Sun reports.

However, while speaking alongside former international Will Greenwood, the 33-year-old appeared to be slurring his words - with fans taking to social media to suggest the rugby star was drunk.

However, Haskell soon rubbished those rumours as he took to Twitter to clarify the incident.

Seeing the funny side of it, he posted a video on Twitter saying: "There was a technical issue with the audio on Sky.

"I was in no way drunk or p****d in any shape or form.

"It sounded like I may have had about 50 whiskies, but that was not true!"

He ended by thanking fans for their kind words on his punditry.

Haskell remarked: "I would like to be back at Twickenham playing of course.

"But it's the second best thing to do working for Sky covering the games, so I really appreciate all your feedback."



Coach Eddie Jones "couldn't be prouder" of his makeshift England team after they withstood a first-half battering to emerge 12-11 victors over South Africa and get their November international series off to a morale-boosting start.

England, particularly up front, were missing a host of regulars at Twickenham and spent most of the first half desperately defending as they trailed 8-6 at the interval.

However, they found their attacking verve after the break to scrape the win with three penalties by Owen Farrell and one for Elliot Daly.

"(South Africa) have been together for six months - understand that," Jones told a news conference.

"We've had three training runs where we've had 15 players together and we put in a performance like that. The players deserve enormous credit. I couldn't be prouder of them."

England were without Billy and Mako Vunipola, Nathan Hughes, Chris Robshaw and Joe Launchbury but the replacements stood up superbly to the Springbok onslaught. Stand-in No. 8 Mark Wilson was named man of the match.

"We had a lot of guys new to Test rugby or their first cap and the way they stuck in the fight … when you get in those arm wrestles someone's going to give and we didn't give," Jones said.



- with The Sun and Reuters

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