Position: Fly-half / Inside centre
Height: 1.83 m (6? 0”)
Weight: 91 kg (14 st 5 lb)
Date of Birth: 27th June 1985
Birthplace: Port Talbot, Wales
James Hook is currently the great young hope of Welsh rugby, and is widely regarded as one of the best rugby talents in the world. He has starred for Wales at inside centre alongside captain Stephen Jones, but plays at fly-half for his club, The Ospreys.
In fact, many Wales supporters have longed to see Jones replaced by Hook in the number 10 jersey because he offers much more creativity. With Jones’ fitness in doubt recently, we may be able to see Hook at fly-half.
He has been compared to the Welsh legend Barry John in his attacking style of play since making his debut against Argentina in 2006. He had previously represented his country at U21 level and on the Sevens circuit, and now has 11 senior caps to his name.
Hook has the potential to shine in this year’s Rugby World Cup, where his dangerous speed and quality distribution is sure to be noticed. Wales will battle it out with Australia in Pool B, where they have a good chance of reaching the knockout stages as group winners.