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Gloucester pull out of race to sign England flanker James Haskell with his Wasps contract ending this summer

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 07/04/2018 Michael Searles

Gloucester have pulled out of the running to sign England flanker James Haskell - with coach Johann Ackermann instead planning to tap into the South African market.

Haskell is out of contract with Wasps this summer and has been heavily linked with the Cherry and Whites.

The 33-year-old recently told the Mail on Sunday that moves to Bristol and London Irish have been ruled out, while Gloucester have now revealed their back-row quota is complete.

a man in a baseball uniform: James Haskell's Wasps contract runs out this summer and Gloucester do not want to sign him © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited James Haskell's Wasps contract runs out this summer and Gloucester do not want to sign him

James Haskell's Wasps contract runs out this summer and Gloucester do not want to sign him

'We're fine at loose forward department so we won't be taking on James,' said Ackermann, who will lose Lions flanker Ross Moriarty at the end of the season.

As a former Springbok, Ackermann has close connections in South Africa.

The club are understood to be monitoring 18-cap lock Franco Mostert, who is not yet free to enter negotiations with overseas clubs.

'We can't speak to those players at South African clubs until 90 days before the end of Super Rugby, which is around the end of the month,' said Ackermann.

'Every name is put on our desk by the agents. Even Brad Shields' name was put on our desk. We will wait until the right time to speak before we make decisions.'

a group of people playing football on a field: Gloucester faced Connacht in the Challenge Cup and their coach denied Haskell move © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Gloucester faced Connacht in the Challenge Cup and their coach denied Haskell move

Gloucester faced Connacht in the Challenge Cup and their coach denied Haskell move

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