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'Brian stop talking **** for 5 minutes' - Haskell hits out at BBC commentator Brian Moore

By Ian Cameron
James Haskell and Joe Launchbury on England duty (Getty Images)

Things have kicked off on Twitter between BBC commentator Brian Moore and Amazon Prime’s James Haskell, with the former England flanker likening the hooker to an ‘annoying elderly relative’.

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Haskell was calling the England and Ireland’s Autumn Nations Cup match at Twickenhamham, and the seasoned BBC commentator clearly didn’t appreciate Haskell’s take on things, or at least he didn’t understand what Haskell had been talking about.

“What has happened to Ireland’s set-piece and what is Haskell talking about?,” wrote Moore, who’s no stranger to the odd Twitter spat.

It took nearly 24 hours for the burly ex-backrower to get back to Moore, with the latter’s comment presumably either popping up on Haskell’s timeline. It’s either that or the recently retired forward had searched his own name.

“Brian stop talking shit for 5 mins. You are like a really annoying elderly relative,” said Haskell. “Some players are fannys and don’t like to defend. They get found out. Eddie now has a team of die hard defenders. Attack is easy, smoking people not so much. Understand now?”

Haskell deleted the tweet a few minutes later.

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Neither are shrinking violets when it comes to social media or punditry. Earlier this month Moore was lambasted for appearing to make light of bulimia. The former England hooker – known for his fiery attitude on the pitch – ultimately took to social media to apologise.

One of Haskell’s early forays into punditry ended in ridicule. The England flanker was accused of being drunk on air when calling an England vs South Africa game. In fact, Haskell later revealed that a feedback loop in his earpiece had thrown him and hence his words had come garbled.

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