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Top form: James Hume in action against Clermont

Top form: James Hume in action against Clermont

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Top form: James Hume in action against Clermont

When he came back from Ireland camp in November after what he described as the toughest few weeks of his career mentally, James Hume had a notepad filled with things he wanted to achieve between then and the start of the Six Nations.

Unused by head coach Andy Farrell in the games against Japan, New Zealand and Argentina, the centre went back claiming he didn’t have a point to prove — but he’s made one anyway, and then some.


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