Wasps captain James Haskell will start England’s Six Nations opener against Wales on Friday.

The 29-year-old is the black and gold’s only representative in Stuart Lancaster’s squad for the match at the Millennium Stadium.

When Haskell runs out in Cardiff he will become the only English player to have started the last four Six Nations games the Red Rose has played in the Welsh capital.

Lancaster has selected Haskell at blind-side flanker and the match will represent his 54th cap for his country.

Ex-Wasp could make his return to international rugby after being selected amongst Danny Cipriani the England substitutes.