Nov 8, 2014 at 2.30pm UK
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England's James Haskell declares fitness after meningitis scare

England flanker James Haskell says that he is fit to feature against world champions New Zealand next Saturday, despite recently suffering a meningitis scare.

England flanker James Haskell has insisted that he is fit to feature in his nation's clash against New Zealand next Saturday after suffering a meningitis scare.

The 29-year-old, who admitted that he would be "extremely disappointed" to miss out on the game, picked up a virus at the start of the month and lost five kilograms in a week as a result of the illness.

"I've never been so ill in my life," BBC Sport quotes Haskell as saying. "They thought I had meningitis and put me in an ambulance.

"They knew it wasn't bacterial meningitis but they thought it might be the viral version because I had all the symptoms of it. The big thing for me was not eating. I normally eat five or six times a day but I was struggling to get one or two meals in.

"I'm sure when I'm back in full training mode I will pick the weight up again pretty quickly. I don't foresee it as being an issue."

The flanker returned to training on Tuesday.

James Haskell of London Wasps in action during the Aviva Premiership match between London Wasps and Newcastle Falcons at Adams Park on May 03, 2014
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