Six Nations: England's James Haskell defends choke tackle

Six Nations: England's James Haskell
Haskell has started both of England's victories in this season's Six Nations
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The choke tackle is a "useful tool" but must be done at the right time, England flanker James Haskell says.

A choke tackle is when a defending player holds an attacker off the ground by wrapping an arm around his neck and shoulders.

Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards has called the technique "very dangerous" and a "blight on the game".

But Haskell, 29, said: "I'm not going to not do it because if I don't do it, somebody's going to do it to me."

Speaking before Sunday's Six Nations match against Ireland in Dublin, Haskell added: "I know Shaun Edwards has come out saying it should be banned and he knows what he's talking about, but while it's a rule it's a rule.

"I don't think it's a game-changer and it won't decide Sunday's game, but it is a useful tool and while it is a rule you have to be good at it."

Six Nations: Ireland, choke tackles
In a choke tackle the attacker is wrapped so tightly that they seem to be being choked by the defender

Choke tackles are used by teams in a bid to win a scrum.

"Ireland are some of the best exponents of it," Wasps captain Haskell added.

"If you get the opportunity and it unfolds then you've got to take advantage of it and turn the ball over."

England and Ireland head into Sunday's match undefeated after two games, and Haskell knows the 2014 champions are tough opponents.

"From our point of view, they are probably one of the benchmark teams in the northern hemisphere," he said. "They have a team full of X-factor players."

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