Wales internationals career officially over as he hangs up boots

Wales and Ospreys back James Hook has confirmed that his playing career is over.

The 34-year-old played 81 times for Wales and toured with the 2009 British and Irish Lions in South Africa.

He wrote on Instagram: “Last week officially marked the end of my @ospreys_official playing contract and with it, my rugby playing career.

“I was hoping to finish off with a few more appearances but unfortunately, for obvious reasons, I wasn’t able to do that. I’m in the process of sorting out my first step onto the ladder post rugby, which, to be honest, I’m really excited about and this should be confirmed in the next couple of weeks.

“I’ll be staying in shape for my @jameshooktestimonial match which now looks likely to take place sometime during 2021.


“Thanks very much to everyone who has supported me through what has been an incredible journey. Thank you!”

Hook scored 352 points in 81 Tests between 2006 and 2015. He was part of two Grand Slams and three Six Nations-winning sides, and played in three World Cups.

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