Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 1 October 2014

Hook happy to play anywhere

James Hook

James Hook has insisted he will play anywhere in the Wales line-up as long as it means he can continue to represent his country.

Hook, 26, will join French side Perpignan from the start of next season but ahead of Wales' two Rugby World Cup warm-up clashes with England next month he has revealed he is not thinking about his move.

He said: "I like the fly-half position, but I am being genuine when I say I don't mind where I am asked to play for my country. It's fair to say I'd like to keep hold of a starting spot for Wales if I can, in whatever position, but I do hope to be playing there next year when I go to France."

He added: "Going to France is right at the back of my mind at the moment. I have the practical things sorted, so the rest will just take care of itself and I don't need to worry about it."

The double-header against England starts at Twickenham on August 6, with the second match coming a week later at the Millennium Stadium and Hook, talking from Wales' 10-day training camp in Poland, believes coming up against England always produces special emotions.

"Growing up, Wales versus England was always the game you looked forward to and the one you watched most keenly," he said.

"It's something about the historic rivalry between our two nations that just creates a unique atmosphere every time we play. I don't think it's just me, I think the whole of the squad and probably the whole of Wales enjoys the rivalry we have."

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