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Hook calls on youngsters to step up

James Hook wants Wales' younger generation of players to keep putting pressure on the established stars.

Wales' opening World Cup warm-up game against England at Twickenham three days ago featured impressive displays off the bench from unheralded prospects like centre Scott Williams, scrum-half Tavis Knoyle, prop Ryan Bevington and hooker Lloyd Burns.

The countries clash again in Cardiff this weekend and Hook said: "It's really important the younger players keep pushing."

He added: "Perhaps maybe in the past, the older boys might have been a bit complacent thinking their places were certain.

"It's definitely not certain now, and I think (coach) Warren (Gatland) has shown in the past he is not frightened to put people in, and that will certainly keep pressure on everyone in the squad.

"I thought the boys expressed themselves well at Twickenham.

"It was nice to see the ball getting out to the wings and George (North) and Shane (Williams) getting tries.

"If we can build that into our game more and more, hopefully we will be a lot more of an attacking threat."


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