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Time is right for me to call it a day, says former Wales star Hook

James Hook
James Hook

By Robert Jones

Former Wales star James Hook is to retire at the end of the season when his Ospreys contract expires.

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Hook's career spans 16 years and boasts 81 caps in almost a decade spent in the international arena and also includes 148 appearances for the Welsh region.

The 34-year-old from Port Talbot, who can play at fly-half and centre, signed his first professional contract in 2005 and reflects positively on his time in the sport.

"It's sad but something I'm really looking forward to. It comes to everyone at some point and now it's time for me," he said.

"I've had lots of highlights, winning Grand Slam titles and Six Nations and going on the Lions tour in 2009.

"Signing my first professional contract was a big moment for me.

"Growing up, I always aspired to be a professional rugby player.

"You never think it'll actually happen so when it did it really was amazing."

Hook spent six years at Perpignan and Gloucester, but started and will end his career at the Ospreys. He is their second highest points scorer with 841.

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