Welsh Rugby
Hook sets sights on Wales jersey
January 6, 2009
Wales fly-half James Hook photographed during Wales' 2008 Six Nations training camp, February 18 2008.
James Hook has set his sights on reclaiming the Wales outside-half spot © Getty Images

James Hook has committed himself to regaining the Wales outside-half berth despite the recent disappointment of being dropped by his club side Ospreys.

Hook was on the bench as the Ospreys downed Cardiff Blues 16-12 at the Arms Park on New year's Eve, putting in an excellent performance after his introduction to the fray. "I was obviously disappointed not to start the game," Hook told The Western Mail. "But I was happy with my form when I came on. I was just pleased to get on the pitch as early as I did in the second half to try and help the Ospreys win.

"I have been a little bit up and down. I am trying to get consistency in my performances. It's not for the want of trying because I go out every game and give it 100 per cent.

"Every game is a key for me because you want to build some momentum with good performances leading into the Six Nations Championship."

The Ospreys are entering into a crucial phase of the season, with a table-topping clash against Munster in the Magners League this weekend followed by vital Heineken Cup meetings with Perpignan and Leicester in coming weeks.

"We have got three big games coming up in front of big crowds," he said. "They are huge games and every player wants to play in them."

Ospreys coach Sean Holley has backed Hook to oust Stephen Jones from the Wales line-up when the Six Nations kicks off with a trip to Scotland on February 8. "James has proved he's an international player. I think he can do it in the Six Nations. I'm hopeful his form is good enough to warrant selection.

"He was class after coming on against the Blues. It's just about him stringing some consistent performances together, recognising he has a lot of good players around him and bossing those guys around.

"I still don't think we have seen the best of James. We have seen flashes of it. When he matures a bit and becomes more consistent, anything is possible."

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