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Friday, September 09, 2011

O2 Inside Line - Haskell Cam Exclusive

O2 Inside Line is back today, and with a slightly new twist. The one and only James Haskell is now officially in charge of the player cam as the England team attempt to find their feet over in New Zealand, as they lead up to the first game with Argentina.

You'd be mistaken for thinking that this is a video of a teambuilding trip where no matches are taking place, but one of the things that has become so vital in the professional era the spirit of the squad. The camaraderie amongst team mates needs to be right for a group of players to gel. While there are quite a few different types in the England setup, it looks as though they've got a core group that are good fun.

James Haskell is probably the loudest and most boisterous of the bunch, which made him the perfect candidate for taking over the player cam while on tour in New Zealand. The result in this first episode is 5 minutes of top quality banter.

It's good to see the not so serious side of things, which is an element of the team environment that very few are privy to experiencing. Thanks to this segment, we get a better idea of what the players get up to in their spare time, and who the jokers in the squad are.

We can only wish that we'll be able to organise something similar from other teams sometime soon too. Perhaps with twitter and other forms of social media becoming more prevalent, we'll soon get to share more of this type of thing.

For now, here's the enjoyable first of the O2 Inside Lines with Haskell at the helm. Enjoy.

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Rugbydump September 09, 2011 1:38 pm

If you could choose to see similar features from other countries, which players would you pick as the Haskell type to take over the player cam?

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RaoulDuke September 10, 2011 1:29 am

Just wanted to say, fair play on the site lads. Always loved it but appreciate all the new stuff and extra effort put in.

As much as I'm reluctant to admit it, I enjoyed Haskell's banter and I think that sort of lark is damn important for team cohesion. If Ireland did it (and probably will at some point knowing O2 marketing) I'd like to see Tommy Bowe at the helm, but to be honest any of the mad Munster lads would be hilarious, as would Jamie Heaslip or Cian (DJ Church) Healy.

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freewheelan September 09, 2011 1:53 pm

Is the Hask(TM) acting full retard or is that how he is "normally?"

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The Green Mafia September 09, 2011 2:15 pm

Personally, I think all the videos with the allblacks socializing have quite a bit of banter, so for NZed Id say Nonu, Thorn or Sonny Bill. For Ireland, I'd love to see O'Connell yell the crap out of everyone, sort of "did I put the fear of god into this afternoon of R&R? Did I extract every ounce of relaxation from it?". Australia also has a lot of candidates, such as Big Ben, Ioane, O'Connor, Kurtley...

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moddeur September 09, 2011 2:16 pm

For France it has to be Harinordoquy. Anyone who's see him drunk will confirm.

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The Claw September 09, 2011 2:18 pm

For Ireland...Has to be Donncha O'Callaghan...joker extraordinaire.

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stroudos September 09, 2011 2:38 pm

Top bloke, Haskell, I don't get why people have a problem with him. RD bang on the money about how important it is to have these banter merchants in the squad- Living with Lions would have been a rubbish film without Bentos. I think I'm right in saying people like Jason Leonard and Steve Thompson kept the comedy cogs turning for England in 2003 and look how that turned out. Imagine 6-7 weeks (hopefully, maybe a bit less!) of hanging around with the same people day in day out, with no-one stepping up to create a bit of atmosphere. More importantly Haskell seems very willing to laugh at himself.

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cutsandbruises September 09, 2011 3:16 pm

a cam on digby should be good fun

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Patrick September 09, 2011 3:21 pm

Piri Weepu did some videos for the all blacks channel on youtube in their hotel rooms and stuff, he'd be a good candidate

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tana13 September 09, 2011 9:23 pm

i really hate england

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moddeur September 10, 2011 12:50 am

Awww, come on, how can anyone hate a team representing a country with 2 and a half million licensed rugby players? (and this is coming from a Frenchman)

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Rich_W September 09, 2011 11:38 pm

Love this stuff, I can see Haskell doing a Greenwood after his rugby career. And COME ON ENGLAND!!! Its been a long time coming and I cant wait for tomorrow morning!

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kidBLUE September 10, 2011 4:36 pm

RD are you able to put up the room raider videos the all blacks are doing at the moment?

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Rugbydump September 16, 2011 11:09 am

I haven't seen them actually, but can try have a look.

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